Fetish & DES!RE: Filmmakers In Conversation - Fringe! Festival

Fetish & DES!RE: Filmmakers In Conversation - Fringe! Festival

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  • Fri 12 Nov
  • 30 minutes
  • Director: Topher Campbell & Campbell X
  • USA/UK (2018/2017)


A rare and intimate conversation between filmmakers Topher Campbell and Campbell X, alongside screenings of their films Fetish (2018) and Desire (2017) respectively. This conversation will be hosted by photographer, curator and archivist, Ajamu X, and will be a chance to discuss Black queer sexuality through the lens of these works.

Fetish | dir. Topher Campbell | USA/UK 2018 | 17'

Fetish, a multi-dimensional being, bestrides the streets of New York City. As his strength and vulnerability are exposed, he reveals his power through death and rebirth. As he defies space and time, Fetish becomes the embodiment of the ‘Black Man Who Fell To Earth’. His last moments are a mixture of traffic-stopping masculine power, supernatural presence, and nakedness.

DES!RE | dir. Campbell X | UK 2017 | 9'

An experimental film exploring desire for transmasculine, butch, stud, and masculine of centre (MOC) people.

Campbell X is the award-winning writer and director of queer urban rom-com Stud Life (2012). His film DES!RE is a meditation on desire for queer masculinity, including transgender and female masculinity. He is currently working on a second feature, Low Rider, produced by Stella Nwimo and co-written by Guy Bolton. Topher Campbell's 20+ year output spans broadcasting, theatre, performance, writing, experimental film and site-specific work. His focus has been on sexuality, masculinity, race, human rights, memoir and climate change.

In 2000 he co-founded rukus! Federation: a Black Queer arts collective with photographer Ajamu X.

Ajamu: Ajamu X is a British artist, curator, activist and archivist, with over 25 years of exhibiting in museums, galleries and alternative spaces worldwide. He is best known for his fine art photography which explores same-sex desire, and the Black male body, and his work as an archivist and activist to document the lives and experiences of black LGBTQ people in the United Kingdom.