Qweens’ Speech, a film by filmmakers Zhang & Knight, creative agency ACNE, and Dazed, seeks to highlight the more urgent and alternative message that the UK needs to hear – that of queer liberation, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, and solidarity with people of all sexualities and identities. “Let 2020 be the year of the United Queendom,” says Munroe Bergdorf, an activist, model, and LGBTQ+ advocate, swathed in royal garb in the film. “Long live our Qweens”.
Styled after Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas message, the “Queen’s Speech,” she put on the crown herself to lay out a three-point plan to combat racism, sexism, transphobia, and other forms of oppression.
“If you don’t resonate with Queen Elizabeth II, then go out and find your own queens to celebrate.”
“This year, we wanted our ‘Qween’s Speech’ to be about assembling a united front against bigotry in all its forms,” Bergdorf said in a statement about the latest version of the project. “The feeling on set was bittersweet as we shot it the day of the election results, which served a blow to many LGBTQ+ people who voted against homophobia, racism, classism, and austerity. However, it felt good to be part of something productively positive in the wake of such bad news. To serve as a reminder that change can come from within our community, even in politically uncertain times.”
“We’ve come so far, fought so fiercely, and reshaped the world to include us in it,” Bergdorf said in the footage.
“Celebrating all queer bodies, no matter what form they may take,” Sam Smith said. “Redefining the rules to make space for those whose identity cannot be defined by the confines of he or she.”