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Submit To Fringe!

With preparations for next year’s Fringe! Film Fest fully underway, we sat down with one of the programmers, the lovely Konstantinos (also director of The Queer Archive) to find out more about how they source amazing queer films for us to watch at The Rio and other venues across east London, year after year…

What three qualities do you look for in a Fringe! Film Fest submission?

Love over sex, realism, expanded ways of installing/exhibiting work. 

What is your most favourite thing, personally, that you’ve ever screened at Fringe?

Our midnight screening of IN BED WITH MADONNA.

What’s the most important skill, from your experience, needed to be a Fringe! programmer?

An urge to push the envelope.

If you were putting on a dream all-night screening- what would be the theme and what films would you show?

The theme would be ‘horror’ and I would screen Andy Warhol’s Dracula, The Hunger, Vampyros Lesbos and The Attack Of The Giant Moussaka.

Why is it important for the local community, both LGBT and beyond, to support Fringe?

Fringe! is a non for profit project run by volunteers. Our program includes film, art exhibitions, lectures, workshops and all sorts of cultural activities available to the members of our community. A good part of our program is for free, which allows everyone to join. The growing interest and positive feedback we get from the local community is what keeps us going.

What was the last queer film you saw that really moved you or inspired you in some way?

Keep the Light On by Ira Sachs.

To what extent now do you feel that LGBT acceptance is connected to queer representation in film and TV?

LGBT acceptance is a problematic issue. What is accepted in big cities like London is not necessarily accepted everywhere else. But, it goes without saying that film, art, music have been instrumental in the queer community’s efforts to address problems, suggest solutions, celebrate a healthy lifestyle and engage with other communities. 

What are your five essential queer films for someone exploring the genre for the first time?

These are 5 randomly picked titles from my top 100 list:

My Own Private Idaho – Gus Van Sant

Hedwig And The Angry Inch – John Cameron Mitchell

Female Trouble – John Waters

Querelle – Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Paris Is Burning – Jennie Livingston

Any hints you can tell us about Fringe! 2014?

We’ve extened the length of the festival from a long weekend to a whole week! Yeaaaiiii!!!

And finally, do you have a message for anyone thinking of submitting to next years festival?


To submit to the Fringe! Film Fest visit the website:

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:

5 Totally Fetch Mean Girls Quotes

With Fringe! Film Festival kicking off around East London tonight, we caught up with organiser Alexander to find out a bit more about their party here next weekend. On the day of the party, Fringe will be hosting a quote-a-long screening of cult teen classic Mean Girls at our wonderful neighbours The Rio cinema, followed by a HUGE afterparty right here at Superstore! Hannah Holland, Nic Fisher (Gutterslut), John Sizzle, Duchess Of Pork and Kostakis will all be raiding their record boxes for fabulous tunes for dancing to. Way better than prom anyway.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mean Girls and for free entrance to the afterparty, email the correct answer to the following question to with the subject “Totally Fetch!” by 10am Tuesday 9th April to be entered into our prize draw.

Who wrote the screenplay to Mean Girls? Is it…

a. Tina Fey

b. Tina Gay

c. Tina Hey!

Ahead of both the screening and the afterparty, we asked Alexander to pick his top five Mean Girls quotes and why he loves them…

Never has feminism been brought to the point so succinctly as by Gretchen Wieners…

All you ever needed to know about sexual health, pregnancy and death by intercourse, as explained by Coach Carr.

Regina George, as seen by her adoring schoolmates. The pretty face of bullying gets away with just about anything. Never has having your face punched been so awesome.

I love Gretchen Wieners and it was hard to choose between Gretchen cracking and Gretchen being really sorry that she’s so popular. But it had to be the latter.

There’s so many good things about this clip I don’t even know where to start. Being half a virgin? Regina’s all carb diet? No, it’s most definitely Karen’s psychic powers. It’s really helpful being clairvoyant.

 Join Alexander at Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls Afterparty here at Dalston Superstore on Friday 12th April from 9pm – 3am