Q IS FOR QUEER - EMILY JEAN BENINGTON / by Emma Barnaby

"Q is for Queer is a five minute documentary short filmed entirely on iPhone and webcam exploring the rise of queer identity through firsthand accounts from individuals who identify as queer rather than bisexual, lesbian or gay. The film consists of a number of video and audio clips in which young people explain why they identify as queer, and what queer means to them.

My aim is to draw attention to queer as an identity in and of itself. I identify as queer and I am lucky to have many queer friends and acquaintances who were happy to speak about their identities and send me a submission. Constructing the film around submissions - in which the contributors filmed themselves on their phones or webcams at home - helped to bring out intimate reflections on identity politics and sometimes humorous moments. I hope those watching the film will gain an idea of how, despite the struggles we still face, being queer can be a greatly positive thing for a young person today, especially in the way it builds community, political and social awareness and solidarity."

Emily Jean Benington, 20