SCREENING (Artist Q&A): 05 November 2022 at 18:30

London - The Castle Cinema



Screenings followed by Joel Gibb Q&A

Dir. Robert Kennedy, 2005, Canada, 38 mins

The Hidden Cameras burst onto the Toronto music scene in the early 2000s with an irresistible combination of pop and queer sensibilities. Via songs ranging from haunted, aching ballads to foot-stomping anthems, the band’s outrageous stage shows packed sweaty dance bars, art museums and even churches. Fronted by singer-songwriter Joel Gibb, the ensemble continues its musical provocations to this day, with Berlin as its centre of gravity.

MUSIC IS MY BOYFRIEND chronicles the early days of The Hidden Cameras. Combining interviews with original members, behind-the-scenes footage during a recording session and rarely-seen 16mm film of two of their legendary live church shows, the film is at once a love note to a beloved band and a time capsule of the city’s raucous, vivacious queer underground scene in the early days of the 21st century.

A Miracle and The Making of A Miracle
Dir. Robert Kennedy, 2022, Canada, 7 mins

A MIRACLE is queer indie pop band The Hidden Cameras’ first-ever music video. Shot on Super 8 by Toronto filmmaker Laura Cowell, the video features members of the band and friends on a bed, set to the gorgeous Hidden Cameras song “A Miracle” from their debut album Ecce Homo.

The short’s second part, THE MAKING OF A MIRACLE, is a brief behind-the-scenes documentary shot two-fisted-style by Toronto filmmaker Robert Kennedy (two-fisted because Kennedy is wielding a film camera in one hand, and a video camera in the other). The result is a unique composite of the two media that documents the energy, fun and excitement of the music video shoot.

Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.