Dublin Film Qlub: Kenneth MacPherson's 'Borderline'


11046764_10153122557339486_1172439647522506513_nThe Dublin Film Qlub’s Season Five, devoted to LGBTQ Directors, continues with Kenneth MacPherson’s Borderline.


Borderline (1930), the only feature film directed by queer director Kenneth MacPherson, stars Paul Robeson. It was the result of another magic confluence of queer talent: the bisexual poet HD (Hilda Doolittle), her long-term partner the novelist Bryher, and Bryher’s mostly gay husband Kenneth MacPherson. These three, who called themselves ‘the Pool group’, created the avant-garde film magazine Close Up.

All three occasionally slept with each other, it seems, and the boundaries of their individual creative input into Borderline are equally fuzzy. HD played a major acting role as Astrid, the pulse of the film. Bryher also appears, as the butch implied-lesbian bar owner.

Borderline is about prejudice against black people, as well as about how love and desire can be devastating forces.

Dublin Film Qlub Presents:

Kenneth MacPherson’s Borderline

Saturday, March 21 2015

Doors open at 2pm, film begins at 2.30pm

at The New Theatre, East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Day Membership: 8 euro

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