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QV Sofa Club, ‘Make Up’

18 March 2021

At home

Pay What You Feel

Rating: 15+


For March’s Sofa Club, we’re watching the debut film from writer-director Claire Oakley; ‘Make Up’.

An atmospheric and boldly original vision of personal evolution set on a remote Cornish holiday park.

When reserved teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) finds a smeared lipstick stain on her boyfriend Tom’s (Joseph Quinn) mirror and a strand of red hair on his T-shirt, a sense of unease creeps into their caravan. Refusing to confront Tom with the discovery, Ruth tries to find the mysterious red-haired girl.

When she starts to work with the confident and vivacious Jade (Stefanie Martini), her scarlet nails and the hint of red in her hair amplifies Ruth’s growing fixation. Ruth tries to keep her misgivings at bay but her haunting suspicions begin to feed an obsession that threatens her relationship with Tom. As a distance opens up between them, Ruth finds herself both intrigued and fearful of getting closer to Jade. Little does she know something entirely different from jealousy may be haunting her…

We are delighted that director, Claire Oakley will join us live for a post watch discussion. We will also be joined by Queer Vision’s Malaika Kegode, a Bristol-based performance poet who will introduce her poetry short film ruminating on queerness, bisexuality and belonging, ‘Wide As The Sea’.

6:45 pm: Doors open

7 pm: Introduction from Queer Vision &
           screening of ‘Wide As The Sea’ 

7.30 pm: Press play* 

9.00 pm: Discussion with Claire Oakley, Director & Queer Vision

10 pm: Event ends

*Make Up is available to stream via BBC iPlayer

If you have already watched the film, please feel free to join us for the introduction and for the post-screening discussion.

Claire Oakley Director

Claire Oakley's debut feature, the psycho-sexual drama Make Up, stars Bafta-winner Molly Windsor and was released to critical acclaim in 2020. ​Claire's short films explore similar themes of identity and place with an atmospheric visual style and can be viewed on Curzon.​

Claire is developing her next films with the BFI and BBC Films and is writing her own TV series. Claire is also a co-founder of Cinesisters, a peer-to-peer mentoring group for female directors.

W: claireoakley.com
T/F/I: @cnoakley

Malaika Kegode Writer, Performer & Poetry Producer

Malaika Kegode is a writer and producer based in Bristol. She has worked with a number of organisations including Roundhouse, Bristol Old Vic and the BBC. She has two poetry collections published by Burning Eye Books and has also worked as a programme selector for Encounters and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

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