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Homotopia & Amy Pennington presents

TOPS [18]

FACT Liverpool
88 Wood Street
L1 4DQ
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Runtime: 69 mins

Self-proclaimed future award winning documentary filmmaker Amy Pennington presents their landmark documentary series TOPS. On the question that defines trans masc experience in the UK today... “What TOP did you wanna wear after TOP surgery?”

In this profound and intimate film, Amy meets four unique individuals: a powerlifter and gay-games Olympian hopeful, a housing-officer-slash-actor, an Essex filmmaker, and an equality, diversity and inclusion-specialist-and-occasional-model. Amy's curiosity illuminates their experiences, through extraordinary unlimited access into their lives, homes, and bags of dicks. Insightful and invasive, TOPS allows audiences to fully understand the question on everyone's lips.

is a genre-busting documentary (with fictionalised elements) inspired by the chaotic, brash, self-deprecating and clueless style of 1990s/2000s British TV. Presented by an ever-so-slightly desperate and lonely version of the artist Amy Pennington, who is willing to steal footwear and camp out in the gardens of interviewees for ultimate unencumbered access, and the potential of their first-ever trans friend. TOPS wants to give space to the experience of top surgery, and those that have it, without being another sad or gory story. Your nipples might fall off - but you can still have a lol.

This artwork is co-commissioned by Homotopia, Studio Voltaire and Islington Mill with funding from Arts Council England.

Doors: 18:00 Screening: 18:30

Doors open 30 minutes before the screening and the programme will start promptly at 18:30. Please arrive in plenty of time to help our team ensure everyone has a great experience.

After the screening, there will be an artist talk with Amy Pennington, alongside a performance from Drag King and Boylesque performer Mark Anthony.


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Content warnings

May contain some offensive language and have references to surgery.


Founded in 2003, Homotopia is a Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making a cultural impact through art and activism. Their aim is to support and platform local, national, and international LGBTQIA socially engaged artists and creatives. Every November, the organisation present Homotopia Festival, featuring a variety of LGBTQIA art across multiple venues and outdoor spaces in the city. In addition to the festival, Homotopia have a year-round programme of artist development, public artworks, and events. Homotopia Festival is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival.

ABOUT Amy Pennington

Amy Pennington (they/them) is a northerner - they think it’s important you know that. They make films, performances and collaborative projects about class, sexuality and gender. Amy has made art with their family, residents in a care home and clients at a queer hair salon. They like wearing wigs and telling stories. Their work challenges who gets to express themselves, share their experiences and under what terms. Growing up, TV was their best teacher, so using humour and pop culture come naturally. They employ these tools to gently pull at the seams of what is ‘acceptable’ or ‘normal’, whether that is critiquing the health and wellbeing industry, what kinds of Trans stories are told, or who we imagine our queer ancestors to be.

Amy has made work within institutions as well as self-organised groups and in the public realm. They have been commissioned by TATE Liverpool, Battersea Art Centre, Studio Voltaire, PEER Gallery, In-situ,QUAD, Heart Of Glass, Left Coast, Homotopia, The National Festival of Making, Newlyn Gallery and LADA.

Their films have shown in a number of film festivals including Leeds international, GAZE, Queer Fringe! Filmpride Brighton & Hove. Where’s Danny? Won the Iris prize community award 2023. They were a finalist in screenshot 2023 a competition for comedy writer-performers hosted by Sister Pictures and South of the River Pictures.

ABOUT Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony is an award-winning Drag King and Boylesque performer with a passion for cabaret and a determination to defy expectations and binaries. Mark has been performing across the UK and internationally since 2016, and is the reigning Mr Boylesque UK. He is the first trans performer to hold the title worldwide.

Known for smooth vocals, comical lip-syncs, sexy strips and occasionally a musical instrument or two, this King can pull almost anything out of his rhinestoned utility belt. Whatever he serves up, expect camp suaveness, punchy wit and unapologetic non-binary finery.

This event is part of FACT's Community Cinema. If you're an artist, independent filmmaker, charity, film club, or arts organisation, find out how FACT can support your film screening.

Community Cinema events do not include adverts before the screening. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening and the programme will start promptly at 18:30. Please arrive in plenty of time to help our team ensure everyone has a great experience.

TOPS Credits:

Director, Writer, Editor, Executive Producer : Amy Pennington
Co-Director, DOP and A Cam Operator : Jos Bitelli
Interviewees : Maz Murray, Yaz Senghor, Elliot Davis, Oskar Marchock
Editors : Amy Pennington, Jos Bitelli, Jessica Crooks, Noemi Varga
Producers : The Uncultured - Ash Bowmott + Laura Sweeney
Music : Rubie
B Cam Operator : Tilly Garland (Episode Maz)
B Cam Operator : Samara Addai (Episodes Yaz, Elliot, Oskar)
Camera assistant : Rowan Needham (Episode Yaz)
Sound : Toby Burroughs (Episode Maz)
Sound : Felix Waverley-Hudson (Episodes Yaz, Elliot, Oskar)
Costumes : Jordan Taylor +Threadmaidens
Graphics : Alex Lundström
Production assistant : Roshana Rubin Mayhew
Equipment + support : Grey Moth
Access Consultant : Abi Palmer

Thanks to:
Piotr Perlinski
Henriette Jacobsen
Socialisme or Barbauldism
Felix Melia (Maz, Elliot and Oskar's episode)
Tom Dunne (Yaz's episode)

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