Film Block: Y Cinema: LAB 2 Date: 04.03.18 Time: 1.30-3.00 PM
Director: Dale John Allen
Runtime: 19 mins
Genre: Documentary / Adult / LGBT / Men / Debut
Hugo, XO explores societies ‘shame culture’ surrounding sex, specifically aimed at the queer viewer designed to reflect societies prudish, damaging and shaming obsession with sex, gossip, rumours, and prejudice. The film documents the homosexuals explicit and graphic sexual ‘confessions’ in order to challenge shame, and what, or who decides sexual behaviour is shameful.
Dale John Allen is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and editor based in Manchester, UK. He studied BA (Hons) Moving Image at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2017. He is currently studying for a Masters in Filmmaking at Manchester School of Art. His work explores themes surrounding social politics of representation, particularly within the LGBT community, as well a creating work to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Dale is passionate about challenging his viewers’ outlook on topics generally misrepresented within film and media and is constantly eager to create and collaborate with like-minded artists who share his visions and goals.
His 2016 autobiographical short film, ‘A FILM ABOUT LOVE’ won the short film award from San-Francisco based Art With Impact. The film is currently part of the organisation’s screening program touring the USA.