Stuart Marshall, Over Our Dead Bodies

5 July 2015

Glasgow Film Theatre

Gran Fury, Men Use Condoms or Beat It, 1988. Featured in Stuart Marshall, Over Our Dead Bodies, 1991.

Originally broadcast as part of the OUT series on Channel 4 in 1991, Stuart Marshall’s Over Our Dead Bodies documents the origins of the AIDS activist movement in the US and the UK, and the gay community’s growing anger and frustration with the inadequate response to the epidemic. While the film celebrates the real successes of this movement, it also examines the problematic debates within it concerning democracy, representation, power differentials, as well as the relationship between homophobia, racism and sexism.

London-based artist Conal McStravick with researchers Ed Webb-Ingall and Laura Guy, present Over Our Dead Bodies as part of McStravick’s ongoing enquiry into the life and legacy of Marshall and his collaborators. In both their introduction and post-screening Q&A, the three will discuss what these mean now for artists concerned with this material and these issues.

This screening is part of the GFT’s Crossing the Line series, and is delivered as part of LUX Scotland’s forthcoming Artist’s Moving Image Festival (AMIF) Prologues for AMIF 2015, which will have a special profile of the legacy of Stuart Marshall.