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Saturday 11th September 2021


— Bricks
What is nature? What is sex? What do the rich tapestry of sexual desires have to do with biology, if anything?
price: Headfirst Tickets


TIMES: 16:30-18:30

Vix Williams (Slime Time), Vala Biggart (NHS), Dani Wijesinghe (International Neuropsychoanalytic Association). Chair: Monty FitzGerald / Rhodri Karim

Being LGBTQ+ can often pose a barrier to travelling, but a pandemic summer staycation on TERF island isn't so appealing either. In the face of the increasing use of “bad science” by British conservatives to naturalise hierarchies, justify their rejection of our communities, and increasingly limit our access to vital healthcare, here our three brave gayfaring panelists don their white coats to revisit some classical questions whose answers are so often relied upon by those who seek to exclude queer and trans people: What is nature? What is sex? What do the rich tapestry of sexual desires have to do with biology, if anything?

Vix Williams (she/they/slug) is a Bristol based artist working with interactive installation, costume, and the visual arts. Taking inspiration from the Leopard Slug—a genderqueer dichotomy-challenging animal that owns both male/female genitalia, and stands as a perfect metaphor for understanding gender and sexuality—nature, science, and sci-fi amalgamate in Vix's artwork, exemplified by the evolution of their installation Slime Time over the last 6 years.

Vala Biggart (she/her) is an NHS Trainee Clinical Biochemist and LGBT activist based in London. From her critical position as an LGBT woman in STEM, Vala will be discussing the ongoing research into inequalities between genders in healthcare, and how sexism in healthcare and sexism in science interrelate.

Dani Wijesinghe (they/them) is an independent researcher and member of the International Neuropsychoanalytic Association, whose research focuses on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the life sciences. They have previously written on neuroplasticity, gender, sexuation, early years education, and autism.

All tickets to both our physical and online screenings are available through Headfirst via our website, or at the Bricks Bristol Box Office during the film festival. Tickets for most events are on a sliding scale of £2, £4, £6 or £8. Choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself about your financial situation. This allows us to provide financial flexibility to those who need it most and makes PIFF affordable to more people alongside sustaining the festival and supporting queer filmmakers. If you have any questions about what you should pay, please get in touch via info@palacefilmfest.org or ask one of our volunteers on the day. Free tickets are available too, just email / message us and there will be no questions asked.

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The Palace International Film Festival, Bristol’s annual LGBTQIA+ cinematic event, happening 8th – 12th September at Bricks in St Anne’s, will be showcasing 100+ queer shorts, feature films, performances, workshops, virtual reality and a film archive exhibition!


All events and screenings will take place at our new home, Bricks Bristol, located at St Anne's House.

Getting to Bricks:
- No. 36 Bus runs from Bristol City Centre to our front door every 30 minutes. First Bus 36 Timetable
- 20-minute walk from Lawrence Hill train station (via Feeder Road)
- 8-minute cycle ride from Bristol Temple Meads station (via Feeder Road). Get to BTM by Ferry, Bus or Train.
- Car park access, though active travel is encouraged where possible.



- The film festival will be fully accessible.
- There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
- To discuss any access requirements/ check set up or opening time questions email stannes@bricksbristol.org or phone 07709 264 201.


If you have purchased an online ticket, we will also be screening our short programme & Q&A's across The Cube Player portal. The details will be sent via an online ticket link.

Find out more about The Palace International Film Festival from our website: www.palacefilmfest.org

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