We are thrilled to announce the UK premiere of the new digital remaster of Lizzie Borden’s iconic, queer, feminist Afrofuturist sci-fi Born in Flames (1983).
The film is set ten years after a socialist revolution in the US, where a seemingly impossible coalition of women – crossing all lines of race, class, and sexual preference – determine to take down The System. Whistle-blowing female bicyclists swoop down on would-be rapists, male construction workers protest that their female colleagues are monopolising the best jobs, and there are funny and thrilling encounters between groups of women ranging from militant black lesbians to white punks.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion hosted by critic and curator Tara Judah, with writer and curator Karen Alexander (Black Atlantic Cinema Club – Autograph ABP), film programmer Muffin Hix (Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest), and author and activist Sophie Mayer (Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema).
Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Distributed by Cinenova.
Meet the panellists:
Muffin Hix is head of programme for Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in East London, programmer for The Lost Picture Showpop-up vintage picture palace, and has been part of the programme & guest team for BFI festivals for seven years. She holds a BA Film Studies from The College of William & Mary and an MA Film Curating from The London Consortium.
Karen Alexander is an independent film and moving image curator, educator and writer. She has over twenty years experience of working with cinemas, festivals and galleries, initially with the BFI in distribution and then as a freelance programmer. Her areas of expertise are feminist film and post-colonial politics of representation. Between 2009-2014 Karen was a senior tutor in the RCA’s Curating Contemporary Art department, running the Inspire (MA). She is currently Curator of Programmes at the independent arts and education agency Culture&.
Sophie Mayer is the author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris, 2015), and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, The F-Word and Literal. She works with queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and with parents’ and carers’ campaign Raising Films. @tr0ublemayer.
Tara Judah is an Australian critic, broadcaster and programmer based in the UK. Director at 20th Century Flicks video shop, Curator and Online Editor for Cinema Rediscovered and Trustee on the Board of Directors at Curzon Cinema & Arts, Tara is passionate about cinema-going, and photochemical and repertory film. She is a regular contributor to Monocle24’s Cinema Show, Senses of Cinema and desistfilm.