Queer East 2021: Hush! (35mm, 20th Anniversary Screening)

Queer East 2021: Hush! (35mm, 20th Anniversary Screening)

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  • Tue 21 Sep
    18:10 This screening is in 35mm

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  • Tue 21 Sep
  • 135 minutes
  • Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
  • Japan (2001)


Hush! is classic film in the history of Japanese LGBTQ+ cinema, questioning the traditional structures of family, home, and parenthood. Asako has always avoided meaningful relationships, but after a chance encounter with a gay man, Katsuhiro, she sees the opportunity to become a mother by having a child with him through artificial insemination. When she makes the proposition, Katsuhiro and his partner Naoya are initially astonished, but gradually, they begin to open up to the idea of having a baby. Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s film screened in the official selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, and twenty years after its release, this groundbreaking work can be appreciated for its anticipation of current debates around same-sex families and parenthood.

Part of Queer East 2021, an LGBTQ+ film festival showcasing East and Southeast Asian queer cinema, in London from 15 to 26 September.

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.