Fem (9 mins 30 secs GB 2007) explores the power of the femme lesbian who is attracted to masculine women.
The femme lesbian who is into butches and transmen is the most radical of all women.
By simultaneously being feminine and queer and choosing masculine women as objects of desire she goes against normalising lesbian and heterosexual cultures.
Fem is experimental, lyrical and poetic. It uses powerful images of femininity from ancient mythology and popular cinematic culture. The film subverts these dominant images with a voice over butch narration by Peggy Shaw of Split Britches.
Fem creates a ‘butch gaze’ while paying homage to this type of lesbian. It also validates femmes’ role in lesbian culture which would rather she remained invisible and sidelined.
Fem was filmed on 16mm, Super 8 and miniDV. It features performance artists La Bird, Maria Mojo, Killpussy, Josephine Wilson, Lois Weaver and actress Deni Francis.
Fem had it’s world premiere at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2007.
It has since screened in 2007 at
Fem is in a compilation of Here Come the Girls available on Amazon.