Winner
AWI Short Film Competition

Save the Queen

The lad just likes a pint down the pub, a laugh, a good knees up – nothing wrong with that, is there? Save the Queen is a spoken word film exploring the undertones of British drinking culture through the reality of a young man hovering on the edge of addiction.

Content heads-up: Depiction and descriptions of alcohol use, drinking culture, isolation

Director: 1990s Chris and Lucie Rachel

ABOUT CHRIS: 1990s Chris is a queer, working class poet, writer and filmmaker from Hereford, working in the midlands and the south west. Writing primarily for film and audio, Chris has written radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Arts, as well as working on a number of projects for Channel 4’s Random Acts. His short film, Factory Talk, made in collaboration with Lucie Rachel won best artist film at Aesthetica Film Festival in 2021. Chris has performing across the UK, supporting Sleaford Mods, Billy Nomates, Vlure and Talk Show at venues such as The 100 Club, Tobacco Factories, The Eden Project and the Royal Albert Hall. Recently Chris has had work broadcast on the radio after the Archers and on TV after the Simpsons. His work hopes to start conversations around queer identity, masculinity, mental health and class.

ABOUT LUCIE: Lucie Rachel is an artist-filmmaker focussing on intimate subject matter through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, moving between artist film and documentary genres. Since graduating from DJCAD in 2015 as one of the RSA New Contemporaries, Lucie has directed award winning short films with the Scottish Documentary Institute, Glasgow Film, Channel 4 Random Acts and Art With Impact. Their work has screened internationally at over 70 festivals including MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, Iris Prize, and #fivefilms4freedom selected by BFI and British Council. Alongside their practice, Lucie works on the artistic programme team at Lighthouse, Brighton, is film curator for Queer the Pier project, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, and is a Shadow Trustee of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust.

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