Specifically aimed at the queer viewer, Hugo, XO explores societies ‘shame culture’ surrounding sex and is designed to reflect societies prudish, damaging and shaming obsession with sex, gossip, rumours and prejudice.
The film which features the drag artist Lydia L’scabies documents the explicit and graphic sexual ‘confessions’ of homosexuals, in order to challenge shame, and what, or who, decides sexual behaviour is shameful.
Dale John Allen is an artist filmmaker, writer and editor. He studied BA (Hons) Moving Image at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2017. His work explores themes surrounding social politics of representation, particularly within the LGBT communities, as well creating work to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness.
He said: “My work celebrates individuality and equality, with my current practice toying with blurring the boundaries between art and pornography. I’m specifically interested in exploring new ways to frame imagery which is generally deemed explicit to challenge these pre-conceived ideas.”
HUGO XO is written, directed, edited by Dale John Allen and features Dale John Allen, Hugo Harris, and Lydia L’Scabies. Jordan Bradley in the sound engineer.