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Research Network: Ghost Empire

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Join us for a screening and discussion with filmmaker Susan Thomson, whose acclaimed trilogy, Ghost Empire, explores the impact of British colonialism on LGBT legislation across the globe.

Currently half of the countries which criminalize homosexuality use British colonial laws from the 19th and early 20th century. The films explore the lingering of a ghost empire, which continues its rule across several nations. While the films deal with various colonial legacies, they also reflect on a wider question of time and the unusual time zones created by the existence of old laws within a contemporary setting.

The trilogy of films follows the constitutional challenges to these laws happening in three different continents, focusing on Northern Cyprus, Singapore and Belize. Susan Thomson will introduce the trilogy and then screen Ghost Empire § Cyprus in its entirety, followed by Q&A.

Susan Thomson is a writer and filmmaker based in Dublin. Her artist book The Swimming Diaries is available from Artbook @ MoMA PS1, New York, the ibookstore and is held in the collection of the Live Art Development Agency, and she has written for many publications including Circa, the Times, Women’s News, GCN and JSTOR. She is currently directing a trilogy of documentary films on British postcolonial LGBT issues, Ghost Empire, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The trilogy has most recently been screened at Queer Asia Film Festival, SOAS, in 2017, and at Anthology Film Archives, New York City as an Altfest Special Program in 2016. She is currently working on a forthcoming novel which looks at the historical context of queer and postcolonial issues, exploring the trial for treason of Roger Casement.

http://www.susanthomson.co.uk/p/ghost-empire.html

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