Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution


Hart House Theatre Fri, Apr 27, 2018 9:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 3:45 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Hart House Theatre Fri, May 4, 2018 9:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Nightvision
Film Subjects:Art & Artists
Film & Filmmakers
LGBT Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Yony Leyser
Producer(s):Nina Berfelde
Scott Crary
Thomas Janze
Yony Leyser
Editor(s):Ilko Davidov
Writer(s):Yony Leyser


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In the pre-internet 1980s, Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones invented the Toronto queercore scene with their scrappy homemade zines and films. No one knew their subversive fusion of punk and queer aesthetics was a lark, an inside joke, a fantasy that counted just two adherents—its creators! Or that their creation was going to spread beyond their basement bedrooms to the radical underground and spawn a real-life subculture. Speaking to a growing gang of outsiders rejected by the gay and punk scenes, the queercore ethos inspired an anarchist identity, humour and sense of spectacle that didn't involve membership as much as belonging—something less like church and more like a circus. Challenging both mainstream gay and homophobic punk scenes, queercore became a self-fulfilling prophecy that circled the globe and changed the world in true DIY DGAF fashion, influencing everything from music to the riot grrrl movement to the Queer Nation zine. Angie Driscoll

Co-presented with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Included Shorts

Sons of the Wild (14min) More

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3 Stars, "Lively and subversive."

NOW - 3 Stars, "An efficient overview of the underground music and art movement with strong Toronto roots"

CBC - "What's queer at Hot Docs? A guide to everything LGBTQ at North America's biggest documentary event."