Today, I’m in conversation with another of our queer Black icons, Campbell X. He’s an award-winning filmmaker whose work often explores queer masculinity and desire, and our conversation covers everything from understanding ourselves away from the white gaze (and gays) to the importance of exploring our own desires, the dominant lenses through which we see the world and ourselves, and the never-ending importance of seeking out intergenerational connections. Our conversation takes place at the tail end of Black History Month in the UK and so we explore the cynicism and performative nature of the month, in political and social climates that make us question our place in this country’s past, present and future: “We feel we have to prove that we belong in Britain. We don’t have to prove anything. What we have to do is feel entitled to claim that right. We have the right to be here because we built this.”
@campbellX is an award-winning filmmaker who’s debut feature film, Stud Life, became a festival favourite. Stud Life is distributed by Wolfe Video, Peccadillo Pictures and is screening on Netflix USA/Canada. It received a number of awards and accolades on its release. Campbell directed and produced the short film DES!RE, is one of the directors on the web series Spectrum London and is the director of documentary Visible which will open the Scottish Queer Film Festival in December 2018. Campbell is the director of the hit web series Different for Girls.
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