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Greek Queer Cinema

This Friday THE QUEER ARCHIVE presents an after hours screening of the 18-rated and critically acclaimed Greek/U.K film production of HE LOVES ME by Greek director Konstantinos Menelaou.  We caught up with Konstantinos ahead of tomorrow’s function:

Hi Konstantinos! Can you give us a brief overview of what to expect on Friday night?

Friday night we (The Queer Archive) join forces with Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore for the UK premier of my first feature film He loves me a Greek/UK production. Along with my film we present two Greek short films by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. A Man to Pet with be the hostess, I will play some music and have lots of wine at Superstore before the screening and we will join Mints after the screening for a much needed plate-breaking session.


What prompted you to put on this event?

Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore are two venues very close to my heart and He loves me was conceived and inspired by events, affairs and heartbreaks that happened in and around Dalston. So it makes total sense to show the film here. It’s like the murderer going back to the crime scene.

What are your earliest memories of film?

I remember Hammer Horror and Amicus Horror films. Both British production companies that made amazing horror films in the 70s. I remember finding the VHS of Monster’s Club in my parents drawer and watching it when i was 5 or 6. I remember The Exorcist, Who’s that girl… I remember the smell of plastic at the video store in my neighbourhood.

What was your journey to become a film-maker?

I studied fine arts and not film. I have always been too intimidated by the world of film. I always thought it was such a huge thing and that i could never be good enough to ever make a film. I was making shorts and working on abstract ideas and forms until i finally found the strength to make my first feature. Now i know that there is not one way of making films. It can be a personal and creative process that doesn’t necessarily involve a huge set and crew and a lot of stress. 


What inspired He Loves Me?

It was a personal need to tell some stories based on my own experiences. It all became too confusing – relationships turned from innocent fun to heartbreaking nightmares, London was getting harder and harder and communication was very problematic. But i still had to share my thoughts and get a response so it was natural to me to put these thoughts into the film. It is an homage to the relationships that shaped me.

Can you tell us a little about the people behind the other two films?

The other two films are directed by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. Both of them are young directors based in Athens. Their films are amazing and their language is universal, thats why i thought it would be great to show them at our screening in London. There is a queer cinema scene in Athens inspired by this whole Greek cinema renaissance thats been happening the last ten years and it actually feels great to be a part of it.


Given the current political climate in Greece, and across much of Europe, why do you think it’s so important to keep making work about our queer identities?

It’s crucial to keep on having a strong voice and presence because there is still – and probably will always be – a force against the queer community. We need to keep our queer history safe, we need to keep on evolving, creating and celebrating our beautiful existence though making work that reveals the truth behind the lies and shows that love is not something that anyone should be afraid of. 

For more info on the event check here.

For the afterparty check here.

Top 10 Worst Club Scenes On Film

By The Niallist

One of my biggest guilty pleasures is bad clubbing scenes in modern movies. But, seeing as I don’t believe in guilt, it’s just a straight up pleasure for me. I love seeing Hollywood (and film-makers in general) get it so, so wrong. As an experience that can be both intensely personal AND communal it doesn’t really translate that well to the screen, if we’re honest. Especially if a film’s aesthetic is not sweat and grit but glamour and glitz (but even then it can go horribly wrong). So it’s a delight to compile, for the Dalston Superstore website, a top ten of the worst clubbing scenes in modern cinema. If you watch all of these before you have to go to Reflex for a hen do, then your night could be vastly improved. 



Mortal Instruments: 


Would you frequent a club where the patrons are stabbed, shot, slashed, kicked, punched, whipped and even killed? No? Well don’t tell that to the clubbers in these two scenes, who continue grooving whilst violence erupts all around them on the dance floor. Admittedly, in the case of Mortal Instruments, the stabbers/slashers are apparently “invisible demon hunters” who can only be seen by the protagonist. But what is Tom Cruise’s excuse? His wannabe-silver-daddy look is enough to scare people off most modern dance floors, if we’re honest. 


More supernatural-based clubbing nonsense, but vampires this time, as opposed to invisible demon rave munchkins. The problem with a lot of “clubbing” scenes in movies is styling, trying to walk that impossibly fine line between “cyber goth” and “not hideous”. Queen Of The Damned is no exception. Take the lead actress’s 5/6 years out of date pseudo-Bjork hair bunches and jacket, not to mention that ridiculous vampire-burlesque Union Jack bra on the female blood sucker. Is this really what people in Hollywoodland think ravers wear?! Even Aaliyah couldn’t save this hot mess.


I had to put this on the list, not because it is a ridiculous club scene (which it actually is) but because the ridiculousness comes not from getting it completely wrong, but from getting it cringe-inducingly right. From Pacino and Pfeiffer’s coked-up dance moves to not being able to hear each other properly on the dancefloor, this scene actually feels like a bad club scene done on purpose. We have to assume that director Brian De Palma has found himself coked out of his nut in a terrible disco dive many, many times.


Who knew that so many punk rockers hung out in Saturday Night Fever-looking disco palaces performing late-70s line dance routines to mid-80s funk rock classics?! The good people of Hollywoodland, that’s who!  Than again, it’s a dream sequence, so they can get away with anything. This is what the Superstore laser basement looks like on an average Saturday night, so I hope to see Dan Beaumont sporting a stylish “Rusty’s European Tour” zip top if pretty damn soon. Not even joking – I would wear that jacket in a heartbeat. 


Let’s change up the pace a little. Let’s ditch this cheesy discotheque, honeydoll, for the cool surrounds, of a swinging’ smoky, jazz club. Yeah! Or, rather, let’s not. We appreciate that Sam Raimi and co opted not for a cheesy discotheque, at least, but that doesn’t stop this bizarre scene from being unquestionably awful. Peter Parker, in the throws of becoming the evil Venom, takes a random woman to Mary Jane’s workplace (where she doubles not just as a waitress, but a Peggy Lee-inspired crooner) so he can dance around, play piano and generally piss her off. While looking like the biggest ballsac on the planet. Yeah! 


I have to admit I have never seen this “techno” thriller from 1996, about a man who melds with cyborg hands, in the process resurrecting his failed rock star career, and all through the power of cheesy midi keyboard that the film-makers have the brass neck to call “rave”. But this scene is legendary internet fodder, and it’s not hard to see why. Again, it’s all waaaay out of date and waaaay out of whack with the reality of clubbing, but it’s a barrel of laughs, which makes me really want to see the whole film, and I guess that is saying something, right?


Let’s face it, what exactly IS Zion in the Matrix films if not the biggest, coolest, most underground, tribal-rave-warehouse-club you’ve been trying all your life to get into but have always been knocked back by the Berghain-esque bouncers cos you’re just not cool enough? Or at least, that’s what it ended up being in the hands of the Warchowskis. In fact the entire Matrix series descended from being something that appeared to have something to say to a ridiculous tick list of things 13 year old boys find cool. Like this awful, awful rave scene, officially the moment the trilogy jumped the shark. Tribal drums! Dreadlocks! Sweat! Jumping! Keanu’s cum face! 



The Last Scene: 


(No full “Crave Club” scenes online, but some glimpses in this)


Basic Instinct club scene by men24greece

When it comes to truly awful movie club scenes, there is one undisputed master, and his name is Paul Verhoven. He takes all three top spots on this list (we’ve actually combined RoboCop and The Last Scene as we couldn’t decide between them) because, really, no-one else comes close. Close to putting Michael Douglas in a woollen V neck with no t-shirt and thinking it’s cool. Close to filling nightclubs-cum-knocking shops with dwarves, werewolves, SpiderMan outfits and three boobed hookers. Close to thinking Elizabeth Berkley looked in any way normal, sane and even sexy, dancing as she does. No, nobody else comes close. Nobody does it worse than Paul Verhoven, and for that, sir, we salute you!

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Fringe! Film Festival 2013

With Fringe! Film Festival currently taking place at various locations across East London, and the official Mean Girls screening afterparty, Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls taking over both floors of Superstore with Hannah Holland, Nic Fisher, Duchess Of Pork, Kostakis, John Sizzle and Vangelis & Tareq playing the biggest hits from 2004 and the best bits from the Mean Girls soundtrack it’s going to be like the prom you wished you’d had.

We asked the guys at Fringe! to tell us about about a few of the events they’ve got happening during the festival…

WEDNESDAY: Bob Mizer Fight Club exhibition

The Bob Mizer Foundation and Fringe! present a one-week-only installation sampling later period wrestling films from the estate of legendary photographer, filmmaker and independent publisher Bob Mizer at Studio 1.1 on Redchurch Street.

Full info

THURSDAY: Five Dances

The opening film, Five Dances, will be screened at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday 11th April from 9:30pm. Directed by Alan Brown, this will also be the European premiere and is a classic tale about finding love and succes in the big city.

Tickets and info

FRIDAY: Satan’s Angel: Queen Of The Fire Tassles

The Hackney Picturehouse will be showing the UK premiere of this documentary about lesbian burlesque star Satan’s Angel whose legendary flaming tassel has been entertaining nightclubs since the early ’60s.

Tickets and info

SATURDAY: In Their Room London

This is the world premiere of the third instalment of Travis Matthews’ In Their Room project. Shot in London during last year’s Fringe! festival, this brand film from the director of I Want Your Love and Interior.Leather.Bar is showing on Saturday 13th April at The Rio from 11:30pm.

Tickets and info

For the full Fringe! Film Festival lineup visit the official site:


Tonight sees some of east London’s most notorious party starters under one roof: Borja Peña, Josh Caffe, Joe Robots, Bisoux and Cathal. That’s right, it’s time for Banjee Boy Realness Vs PS! The banjee boys take the basement whilst upstairs it will be pure sex from PS. We caught up with PS promoters Cathal and Bisoux ahead of tonight’s madness to talk tape cassettes, posters, art, music and more..

What is the music policy at PS?

Our own special blend of deep bitch house, dutty dance, sleazy BASSlines, vocal high points and smart hooks. Always fresh, fun , filthy and ready for the bump & grind.

And how has this, in any way, been influenced by the music you grew up on?

Cathal: Growing up in my house there was always music playing. My dad played The Police and Pet Shop Boys, my mum played Prince and Muddy Waters and my sister had Junior Vasquez and The Shamen on a loop. Subsequently I love vocals, a strong sexy rhythm and a beat that makes you want to move. Also, I’m northern and we like a dance tune.

Bisoux: I grew up in a house of Radio 4 and vinyl – Bob Marley, Rip Rig + Panic, The Ramones, Dire Straits and The Beatles. Pop was always an illicit contraband. One of my mum’s boyfriends sneaked me a Kylie album tape when I was six which was super exciting, I still remember the tape box, she looked like a naughty princess. Even with such an eclectic sound around me it was always the bad girl pop that I hankered for and I think the combination of the two has definitely shaped my taste for exotic beats with a sexy vocal. Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to listen to an instrumental but it’s always bass + voice + beat + sex that gets me.

What was your most favourite/worn out tape cassette of the ’90s?

C: I have all these mixtape cassettes I made between the age of 8 -11 years old, so through 1990 to 1993, with my best friend/next door neighbour Michelle. They’re basically tapes and tapes of us interviewing each other and introducing all our favourite dance tunes of the time. My favourite tape was a ‘show’ we did called ‘ Rave 92!’ which was a Parks and Wilson gig at Arc in Leeds I had taped off the radio live late at night which we then talked over at random intervals. So it’s a toss up between this and Madonna’s Erotica album.

B: Funnily enough I was also a chart mixtape queen but my most worn and still treasured tape of the ’90s has to be the Snap! album, The Madman’s Return. Hands down I thought I was the coolest shit when I put that on my walkman.

PS: is it a crazy homo art installation or debauched party that shocks the nation?

Both. Is there a difference? LOL.

We hear your posters often end up in unusual places. Where’s the best place you’ve ever randomly spotted one?

In joint first place would have to be a certain famous Tate director seen carefully peeling and rolling up a poster at one of our do’s in Vogue Fabrics and the time Cathal saw one up on the wall of a random shag in Berlin.

How did PS originate?

Above McDonalds in Kentish Town, it started as an ideal, a magazine, a movement that could override the title GAY and become something much more. Art, music, sex, film all coming together in our own special brand of homoculture for both boys and girls. Even though that was only about seven years ago, there was nothing really outside of GAYLAND at that time, the divide was so strong and whilst we enjoyed both sides of it, there was nothing for homos like us that wasn’t defined by our sexuality, but more by our cultural tastes. PS. can be a secret, an afterthought, or just the truth of what you really mean. It made sense to bring it all together in a party package, we wanted to bring a celebration experience that you wouldn’t forget for a while!

And what might be the next step of the party’s evolution?

To go international we’d say. Spread the love.

Do you think they’ll be much crossover or way in which you’ll compliment each other with the basement party, Banjee Boy Realness?

We had Borja guest at our last party which turned into a massive deep house love-in and we’ve always had an affinity with Josh’s style, we go way back in and out of the clubs. Joe we’ve recently discovered through sharing the bill at SOS, and love his sounds. Whilst there will of course be a bit of healthy upstairs/downstairs competition at the end of the day we all appreciate each other’s taste and are really looking forward to partying with each other – ultimately blending our respective styles into one mahoosive funtimes club. I’d say we’re gonna see dirty grinding, walking vogue face and lots and lots of sweat. Mmmmmm.


We love you x

Join Cathal and Bisoux for Banjee Boy Realness Vs PS tonight Friday 22nd February from 9pm – 4am.