In early South Korean cinema, LGBTQ+ characters were often victimised and portrayed as being stuck in violent and self-destructive patterns. In this programme, the films draw on familiar themes but offer alternative twists – the characters are empowered to control their destinies by embracing their queer identities.

Shedding light on the versatility of queer storytelling through unconventional cinematic styles, the films in this collection are cruel, gentle, and downright grotesque, all in one wicked mixtape. Programmed by Dongyun Lee.

Ice (South Korea, 2019) – Lee Seongpwook
Two men embark on a road trip to meet their drug dealer.

Cicada (South Korea, 2021) – Yoon Dae-woen
A transgender sex worker meets a client with mystifying questions about her past.

Don’t Worry (South Korea, 2022) – Kim Tae-yong
The relationship between close friends Hanyeol and Suho changes when Suho decides to get married.

How Do I Kill That B? (South Korea, 2022) – Seo Ji-hwan
The tense relationship between two maids working in a mansion becomes more extreme when a forest hunting game takes place.

Butch Up! (South Korea, 2022) – Lee Yu-jin
Miserable Mi-hae has just been dumped by her girlfriend and her band.
dir. Lee Yu-jin | South Korea| 2022 | 12min

All films are in Korean with English subtitles.

Queer East Website / Queer East Instagram / Queer East Twitter / Queer East Facebook


If you have any access requirements, please contact our box office team on 020 7613 7498 or email 

Content warnings: drug use, violence, and blood