FILM: Summer Screenings - Tangerine
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About The Event
This summer the team have planned a day of screenings of films that each uniquely tell transgressive and boundary-breaking stories, and showcase vital and dynamic characters and filmmakers.
Each screening will include a special introduction by guest speaker, Dr Michael Lawrence, Head of Dept Film Studies at Sussex University Tangerine is just like it’s namesake — bright, bold, and biting. Set on Christmas Eve, this comedy-drama follows Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and her best friend Alexandra (May Taylor), two trans sexworkers, as they thirst for vengeance. The pair run riot through Hollywood following the discovery of Sin-Dee’s boyfriend/ pimp’s affair with a “fish” (term for biological woman).
Tangerine is the fifth feature film of American director Sean Baker. Shot on an iPhone 5S with a microbudget, the film received adoration and critical acclaim upon its release at Sundance and Cannes. Baker credited his ambitious project as a turning point in his cineography. His newfound treatment of comedy before drama was something that he took on board with his following feature, the award winning The Florida Project (2017).
Foul-mouthed, explicit, and with explosive chemistry, the two Tangerine leads provide a rip-roaring ride of their day-in-the-life in today’s America. An American whose treatment of trans identities, people of colour, and sex workers is a hotly contested battleground. Though whatever challenges faced by the duo, the importance of sisterhood is sung through and through.