Deep In Vogue
Director: Amy Watson, Dennis Keighron-Foster Run Time: 62 min. Release Year: 2019
Starring: Asttina Mandella, Joshua Hubbard, Lenai Khirey
About the film:
A celebration of the colorful, queer, emotional and political stories from the dancers in the vogue ballroom scene in Manchester and Liverpool.
The film premiered at the 2019 BFI Flare Film Festival in London, won the Audience Award at the GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, and screened at NYC Pride’s OutCinema.
Voguing is a stylised modern house dance characterized by model-like poses that originated in the late 1980s, an evolution of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s. Deep in Vogue explores the history of vogue and ballroom, in which Black and Latinx gay men and trans people sought an aspirational artistic outlet in the 1980s, in much the same way that gay, queer, trans and QTIPOC people seek a safe space today.
About the filmmakers:
The debut feature film for directors Dennis Keighron-Foster and Amy Watson, who noticed and embraced the explosive vogue renaissance in the UK. The project was partially supported by a Superbia Grant, online crowdfunding, and a final fundraising party at one of Manchester’s gay clubs.