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Sheila McLaughlin, She Must Be Seeing Things, 1987

She Must Be Seeing Things

25 Jul 2014

Ticket Offer: attend both the Feminist Film Friday Salon and She Must be Seeing Things screening for the reduced price of £10 / £8 Concessions / £6 ICA Members.

Sheila McLaughlin’s rarely screened lesbian classic drew themes from her own life, as she explores the complex and emotional commitment of Agatha (Sheila Dabney), a lawyer and her girlfriend Jo, a filmmaker (Lois Weaver).

While Jo is out of town, Agatha becomes convinced Jo is cheating on her with a man. Revelatory for its representation of a new lesbian desire, a politicized eroticism that mirrored the burgeoning butch/femme scene at the time, the film was attacked by anti-porn feminists as it arrived at the height of the feminist 'Sex Wars'.   

McLaughlin, together with Lizzie Borden and Bette Gordon, formed part of a small school of New York independent filmmakers that explored issues of gender and sexuality that had not until that time been addressed by Third-Wave Feminism, paving the way for future queer representations.

With an introduction by Selina Robertson, Club Des Femmes

Screening as part of the Friday Salon SHE MUST BE WIKI: Feminist Film Wiki-a-thon, a chance to further and exchange knowledge of feminist film and film theory.

She Must Be Seeing Things, dir. Sheila McLaughlin, US 1987, 95 mins

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