Alchemy Film & Arts presents a one-off, double-bill screening of The Making of Pinocchio (2021), Glasgow-based artists and lovers Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill‘s autobiographical exploration of Ivor’s gender transition, preceded by No Words (2021), a short film created as part of Alchemy’s Film Town programme by Borders-based young people to articulate the pluralities of queer existence.

Both films utilise an experimental approach to convey deeply personal messages around identity and society’s perceptions of queer bodies. Audiences are invited to attend a live podcast recording after the screening, at which the filmmakers will be present to discuss the joys, challenges and complexities of trans cinema.

We are offering four travel bursaries of up to £100 each to support anyone in Scotland to attend this event.

To apply for a bursary please email briefly stating where you’ll be travelling from and why you’d like to attend the event.

Preference will be given to LGBTQIA+ people and/or those with lived experience as a marginalised gender.


Venue: Heart of Hawick Cinema, Hawick, TD9 0AE
Date/Time: Saturday 30 July, 6.30pm (doors open 6pm)
Runtime: 95′ + 20′ panel discussion
Language: English
Accessibility: Descriptive subtitles in English, BSL Interpreter present for introduction and panel discussion, wheelchair accessible.
Content Warning: Nudity, discussion of transphobia, sexual references

Tickets to this one-off screening are priced £3 / £5 / £7 on a ‘pay what you can’ basis.

No proof of circumstances is required, though we do ask audiences to be honest so that our inclusive pricing model can be sustained and more audiences can continue to participate in and enjoy our events.

The duo hold the audience with a brand of mischievous humour that’s provocative and reassuring in equal measure.’ Exeunt

CADE & MACASKILL are Rosana Cade (they/them) and Ivor MacAskill (he/him): renowned queer artists and facilitators based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work, together and individually, straddles the worlds of experimental contemporary theatre, live art, queer cabaret, film, children’s performance, site specific, and socially engaged practices.

They are both experienced facilitators and trained volunteers with LGBT Youth (Glasgow). They are currently in the process of setting up a co-operative to open a new LGBTQIA+ secondhand shop / community space in Glasgow.