If you are anything like us at Lesflicks, then the idea of staying at home, bundled up in front of a TV where you can watch movie after movie, was fun.
For a week or so.
But now the boredom and monotony has firmly settled in, and even my dog’s excitement at me being home has waned. Who knew there could be too many belly rubs!? Anyway, here is a list of things to do during the lockdown.
1. Amplify films and filmmakers on social media
It is quick and easy to support films and filmmakers on social media. With our easy access to media these days, we sometimes forget that the content that we love in our community comes from a lot of independent filmmakers and smaller production companies. The harsh reality is that the lockdown means that these artists and creators cannot work and make the content we love to see. If you are in a position to have a spare bit of cash, why not rent or purchase some fantabulous queer content?
If you aren’t in this position, maybe instead consider amplifying your favourite films and filmmakers on social media. It’s totally free and can even help introduce a film to a new audience which can help massively with funding and circulation. Stuck on which film to signal boost?
The Lesflicks film database is a great place to start. https://www.lesflicks.com/films/ or just check out our social as we support a wide range of films and filmmakers from around the world.
2. Watch movies on Lesflicks Video-on-Demand
This is a no brainer! Lesflicks video on demand is a great platform with some stunning content. It is a one-stop shop for all things LBQ lady cinema and saves on scrolling through movies that are either made for the male gazek or just…poor quality (there, we said it). At an affordable price, Lesflicks content is carefully curated, meaning that they bring you the best. Lesflicks VOD can quash the boredom whether you’re alone or if not, so do feel free to Lesflicks and chill. https://www.lesflicksvod.vhx.tv/
3. Participate in a Watch Party
Just because we can’t hang out with our community physically, there is no reason to feel alone. Join one of our Lesflicks watch parties, and hang out with fellow movie lovers to discuss a great movie with members of our community; you never know who you are going to meet!
Take the chance to meet people from across the globe that share your same interests; after all, you can never have enough like-minded people in your life. Check our socials to find out what we’re watching next – details will be posted on Twitter, MeetUp and in our Facebook group, Lesflicks Community.
4. Have a go at creating something yourself!
Lockdown doesn’t have to be a creative void! In fact, it can be exactly the opposite. This may well be the perfect time to get off your butt and dust off that project you have lying around. Most of us are walking around with a device in our pocket hat little can only be described as a filmmaking powerhouse. A good portion of our content is now being partly, or even wholly, made using a smartphone. For example, the 2015 movie Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone and wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival.
Lesflicks has previously compiled some hints and tips that are pure gold. Go check ’em out, and get cracking!
5. Reach out to your local community
We really must stay connected. After all, it is so very important in times like these.
If you need a starting point, why not reach out to the community in your area? See if you have enough interest for a physical Lesflicks film club. The lockdown will end at some point, folks, even if it does feel like forever right now, and when that time comes we should take the opportunity to make sure we stay connected, and that we continue to create safe spaces for those that need them.
A Lesflicks film club is one such space. For some people, the chance to socially engage with members of our community is a big deal, and we can help to make sure they continue, and even expand into areas that don’t have such spaces as of yet. Joining our newsletter also means you can stay on top of Lesflicks announcements, such as new content and further events.
Stay home and stay safe, folks. We’re all in this together.
This article was written by:
Writer and Social Outreach Administrator
Kayleigh is a Kent-based writer and jewellery designer with a fond love of both movies and theatre.