“Powerful and timely” LGBTQ+ film ‘The Perpetrators’ to show at BFI Flare this month

Graham Robson March 2, 2023

LMFYFF Productions presents “powerful and timely film” The Perpetrators at BFI Flare on March 19 and March 25.

Commenced during lockdown and shot in the neighbourhoods the filmmaker Richard Squires grew up in, The Perpetrators collages moody analogue film, original animation and archival materials in a dreamy autofiction of queer darkness that ponders the correlations between 1980s Stranger Danger, the construction of homosexual identity and the institution of the family.

A release explains: “At a time when political leaders are once again escalating narratives of queer people being a threat to children, Squires’ timely reflection on his own 1980s childhood exposes the history of pathological representations of menacing queers.”

The Perpetrators received its premiere at Portugal’s Queer Lisboa Festival and is directed by London-based visual artist and academic Richard Squires, following his feature length documentary on queer identity Doozy (2018) and hybrid documentary Programme (2007), which premiered at London’s Whitechapel Gallery. Animation is provided by Elroy Simmons (Doozy, 2018; Mansfield 66/67, 2017; Horrid Henry, 2015).

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