The first time I wore women clothes was when I was six. I was hanging out with my mom on a lazy Sunday afternoon while my dad was out. She let me try on her evening gown and carry my favorite glittery purse of hers. As I pranced around on her bed, I playfully dubbed myself “the nightgown chicken.” In Cantonese, “chicken” is the slang for “prostitute.” My mom was cracking up. We both had so much fun. I remember I really enjoyed playing a character… being someone whom I wasn’t.
But she only let me do it that once… Continue reading
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Campbell X is a fierce and queer Black lesbian filmmaker who resides in the United Kingdom. She began filmmaking through the documentary and experimental route and is now finishing up her first narrative feature, Stud Life, a drama about an intense friendship between a lesbian and a gay man.
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Q: So let’s talk about how you started making films. How did it all begin?
I started out training to be a camera assistant then got a break for my first directing gig and that film was Ragga Gyal D’bout! The film is about Black women into dance hall music in spite of dance hall music being considered misogynistic. Continue reading
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