Publication: Yarra City Arts
As the success of queer screen culture magazine Sissy Screens proves, even a global pandemic won’t hinder Melbourne’s vibrant queer arts community. With support from a City of Yarra Creative Community COVID-19 Quick Response Grant, the not-for-profit organisation recently created and commissioned a suite of new content made by Melbourne LGBTQIA+ creatives.
What began as a queer film screening series launched at Collingwood’s Schoolhouse Studios evolved into a larger project, culminating in the February launch of a digital magazine dedicated to queer screen culture. Run entirely by LGBTQIA+ Melbourne creatives, Sissy Screens publishes interviews, reviews, articles, photography and original video projects.
Directors Alex Cardy and Tali Polichtuk are the driving forces behind the project. A cinematographer with a passion for empowering female-identifying and LGBTQIA+ screen creatives, Cardy is the Head of Moving Image. Polichtuk, a self-professed “arts management hag” and event producer, serves as the magazine’s Editor and also programs Sissy Screens’ screenings. Other members of the core creative team include Creative Director Amery Oke-Johnston and Photo Editor Parker Blain.
While events are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the team look forward to hosting a series of dynamic arts events soon, including co-presenting the exhibition ‘Disco Instamatic’ with musician and film director Tanzer at The Abbotsford Convent in early 2021. In the interim, Sissy Screens is focusing on fostering gender and sexuality diverse communities through enhanced digital connectedness.
“In this volatile climate, it is especially vital to support intersectional, LGBTQIA+ cultural production. Thanks to Yarra City Arts, Sissy Screens has been able to produce projects that empower the queer community and offer paid work to local queer creatives ” says Sissy Screens Editor and Co-Director Tali Polichtuk.