This first feature documentary by Barbara Hammer, a pioneer of queer experimental cinema, weaves together the allegorical, historical and erotic – challenging past and present erasure of queer lives. This haunting visual collage juxtaposes striking images of gay and lesbian couples with footage of unearthed, forbidden and invisible histories, including archival footage from one of the earliest gay films in the U.S., Lot In Sodom (1933).
“Nitrate Kisses questions how history is recorded and encourages the viewer, gay or straight, to save scraps, letters, books, records, and snapshots in order to preserve our ‘ordinary’ lives as history.” – Barbara Hammer
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.
Linked live events: A Nazi Word For a Nazi Thing | Illustrated talk & discussion with So Mayer Fri, 29 Jan, 7pm, on Zoom & Reading the Anarchive Sun, 31 Jan, 3pm, on Zoom
- Looking for LGBT+ History: Barbara Hammer’s Nitrate Kisses – Gwendolyn Audrey Foster essay for Senses of Cinema
- The Screen as the Body – Élisabeth Lebovici interviews Barbara Hammerin for Mousse Magazine
- The Talking Cinema of Barbara Hammer (1939 – 2019) – Gabriella Beckhurst writing for Another Gaze
- When a Kiss is not a Kiss but Nitrate – Barbara Hammer
The film programme is available for individual rental (£5 full price / £3 concessions), or as a Festival Pass bundle containing all the films included in the programme (£15 full price / £10 concessions). A full breakdown of ticketing and access can be viewed here.
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