#GFESTBytes: GFEST Bytes in Waltham Forest – LGBT History Month 2017 celebrations in partnership with Schools Out – sensational performances, films, music, dance and events. Organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, producers of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival – London’s LGBTQI cross-arts annual November event in venues across the UK capital

Monday 13 to Friday 24 February 2017  Download programme flyer pdf  / Facebook event / @GFEST on twitter

Mon 13 Feb – 6.30 to 7.30 pm Film cafe with Campbell X – North Chingford Library, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN Entry free, but booking via Eventbrite.

An advice session for young and upcoming LGBT filmmakers led by highly accomplished and experienced filmmaker Campbell X. Campbell X is known around the world for feature her film “Stud-life”. She has been a programmer for GFEST and London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Lux among several other bodies.

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Tues 14 Feb – 7 to 9 pm LGBTQ short films screening (18+) from GFEST 2016 – Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG £5 booking via Eventbrite.

Sensational selection from the best of 2016 LGBTQ short films made by well-known filmmakers: Screenings include Denise by Kenneth O’Toole, Open Plan by Daniel Murtha/ Adam Smith, Away with me by Oliver Mason, Dawn by Jake Graf, Rotten by Mehmet Selcuk Bilge and Masterful Hermit by Reg Noyes.

Followed by filmmakers Q&A





Denise: An ageing drag queen sparkles her way through time, revisiting her glory days. The film delicately conjures feelings of nostalgia and reflection, through juxtaposed moments of her life and triumphs.OpenPlan_PressStill_03




Open Plan Giles, Jamie and Kevin are viewing a one-bedroom flat and deciding whether to move in together. Their relationship is ‘atypical’, but not half as messy as their estate agent’s.





Away with Me A spontaneous holiday romance in Nice turns sour when there is a clash of intentions and expectations between the two men. Trailer





Dawn As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun rises they are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality is that it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul. Trailer






Rotten In Turkey, you have to ‘prove’ your sexual orientation in order to avoid military service. If you pose as feminine as they want, you can get a ‘mental disorder report’ which means you are ‘ROTTEN’.

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Masterful Hermit Christina attends her leaving party before flying off around the world. She is shocked to see Enid there who she hasn’t seen for over a year when they were on the verge of falling in love. They ditch the party together and Enid hopes that Christina won’t get on the plane.


DelhiCommunitiesWed 15 Feb – 7 to 9 pm “Delhi: Communities of Belonging” authors talk: Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN Entry free, but booking via Eventbrite. / #GFESTbytes Authors talk Flyer pdf

London/Delhi based Photographers, artists and activists Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh will be talking to audiences about India’s emerging LGBTQ community depicted in a groundbreaking series of gorgeous, full-colour photographs.



Fri 17 Feb – 7 to 9 pm Jonathan (2016) Feature film (18+) – Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG £5 booking via Eventbrite.

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Jonathan feature drama (Germany, English subtitles) dir: Piotr J. Lewandowski – Jonathan sacrifices himself to take care of Burghardt, his cancer-stricken father, and work on the family farm with his aunt Martha. Burghardt is incapable of emotional closeness so Jonathan’s questions about his mother’s death go unanswered. But when Burghardt’s long-lost friend Ron shows up, a long buried family secret puts the father-son relationship to the test.  An impressively mature visually striking debut, The Hollywood Reporter.


Sat 18 Feb – 1 to 3 pm Voguing workshop with Stefanos Dimoulas, Dance studio ,Leyton 6th Form College, Essex Road, Leyton, E10 6EQ Entry free, but booking via Eventbrite.  / #GFESTbytes Voguing  Flyer pdf





Ever-energetic Stefanos to take you through unforgettable step-by-step experience of fun filled Voguing: A highly stylised modern house dance that has evolved from Harlem’s ballrooms, to gay venues and has been used by Madonna.


Mon 20 Feb – 7 to 8 pm Authors reading ‘Boxful of ideas’ Paradise Press – Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN Entry free, but booking via Eventbrite.

LGBT publishing house Paradise Press authors John Dixon and Jeff Doorn, along with other writers and poets, will read from their works that reflects and links back to 50 years of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.


Tues 21 Feb – 7 to 9 pm Women filmmakers films screening from GFEST 2016 (18+) – Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG £5 booking via Eventbrite.

Brilliant films by Women filmmakers:






Desires: short film (France, Portugal, UK and Spain, English subtitles) dir: Clarissa Rebouças and Yannick Nolin – Charlotte has her first lesbian experience with Marie, the relationship seems to be getting serious but a conflict of desires starts when Marie discovers Charlotte’s a secret.

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No Matter WhoA qui la faute : short film (France, English subtitles)  dir: Anne-Claire JAULIN – It is summertime and a troop of young girls are headed to scout camp. For Marie and Lise, it is a time for their first sparks of emotion, a time to learn about desire and how to confront a group and its prejudices.1 GenderTroubles stacy sunglasses




Gender Troubles: feature documentary (USA) dir : Lisa Plourde – Butch lesbians examine and challenge society’s assumptions about what it means to be female and reveal how they have learned to cope and even thrive in a world that does not honour them. Trailer


Fri 24 Feb – 7 to 9 pm LGBTQ music, dance, spoken word “Cabaret” evening – Mirth, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, E17 4QH £7 booking via Eventbrite. / #GFESTbytes Cabaret Flyer pdf

MarcusReeves by Bryon Fear Kali_Bollywood_Vintage_2 Rosie Wilby Denis Fernando The Pink Singers_2_7925A sensational array of talent from the diverse world of Cabaret; from the most popular Pink Singers, sharp witty Rosie Wilby, Bollywood Diva Kali Chandrasegaram to most talented Marcus Reeves, GFEST favourite solo pianist Denis Fernando will fire up the evening with loud and proud acts! Don’t miss this high-buzz performance evening, a fitting finale act of Waltham Forrest LGBT History Month 2017 celebrations.


Supported and commissioned by London borough of Waltham Forest (past event Waltham Forest Education Resource Kit)