I'm using this post as a way to shout about a friend of mine, whose career I've been following now for a couple of years after meeting through the wedding of a mutual friend of ours. It is International Women's Day on 8th March and what better way to celebrate it than to celebrate our wonderful friends and their creativity. Her name is Almaz Ohene and she is an award winning writer and creator of Kayleigh Daniels, a fictional character navigating her way through London's dating scene. Almaz writes on sexuality, representation, diversity and inclusion and Kayleigh Daniels Dated is an online sexual health platform that entertains readers with risqué illustrated short stories and informative health features. You'll learn something as well as be titivated, and the illustrations, all by Parys Gardener are brilliant.
Kayleigh's exploits have caught the attention of German filmmakers Yana Stallein and Romina Schade who have made a new documentary film short about Almaz titled ‘As Bare As You Dare: Pure Fiction’. Which is pretty awesome, and on Friday 6th March you can watch the premiere as part of a specially curated event: ‘What Went Where?! Sexualities on Screen’, where a series of five film shorts, which all explore sexuality, bodies and desire will be screened. Can we take a moment to appreciate that title 'What Went Where?!'.
In ‘As Bare As You Dare: Pure Fiction’ Almaz is shadowed by Stallein and Schade over the course of a few days, where she plays a violin solo on stage in a concert hall (yes she is an incredible musician as well as writer), reads some of her KDD stories, deconstructs the stories’ themes with friends in a cosy café, and talks candidly about how the ubiquity of whiteness within her chosen fields, has a profound impact on her life.
I think it's going to be an amazing event and would encourage anyone to go along. Here are the details:
What: Film screening event with Q&A session with the ‘As Bare As You Dare’ producer and director
When: Friday 6 March 2020, 18:00–20:00
Where: Ogilvy Sea Containers (National, Festival and Hayward), 18 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9RQUK
Who: Kayleigh Daniels Dated Creative Team, As Bare As You Dare Creative Team
Let me know if you're going? PS you can see more on KDD's Instagram page here