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15 July 2020

Down and Out

by Syd Briscoe

LGBT Foundation: “Locked Down” - 90s

The past few months have been challenging for all of us, from the daily grind of boredom to moments of gut-wrenching terror and everything in-between. And many LGBT people have faced an additional layer of fear during this surreal time - trapped indoors with unaccepting, often abusive families.

That struggle is poignantly illustrated in this striking film from the LGBT Foundation, which has a young person being berated violently for a simple act of self-expression. Given current hysteria around trans people in the UK media, it feels particularly apt that basic gender presentation is the catalyst for the abuse.

LGBT people - particularly young people - have historically built their own communities and found acceptance outside of their blood relatives, and it's only very recently that this has started to shift. Many simply can't be themselves at home for their own safety, and lockdown has seen a disturbing rise in suicides from this already persecuted group.

A heart-wrenching central performance here perfectly encapsulates the distress felt by so many, shifting from rage and fear to numbness. Director Lucrecia Taormina has made a courageous piece of work which deserves to be shared as widely as possible - each viewer reached could make a huge difference.

Film Production: Friend London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Lucrecia Taormina Ⓦ
Producer: Joseph J Goldman
Production Ass'nt: Ellis Fox
Executive Producer: Luke Tierney
Cinematographer: Joe Cook
Sound Recordist: Charlie Hinde
Editor: Meg Thorne ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ @ Cut+Run Ⓟ Ⓦ

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