Heaven is a Place
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Inspired by the writing of Jean Genet, Heaven is a Place explores becoming, melancholy, and the erotics of place through the human geography of ports and portals. The film places the queer bodies of today in the places of Plymouth's past, contrasting the transient materiality of the human body in motion with the ephemeral nature of the elemental forces of wind and sea, in the histories of this place. Made in collaboration with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in Plymouth, whose personal narratives of longing and loss are told through a series of encounters in the liminal, waterfront spaces of the city's border with the sea: the decommissioned military installations of Devil's Point, the crumbling recreational structures of Plymouth Hoe, including the iconic Lion's Den - which was once the (in)famous nude men's bathing area - and the brutal beauty of the 1950s-built Bretonside bus station, soon to be demolished to make way for yet another 'leisure' development.
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