16/09/2022 - 08/01/2023

Contemporary - Film

Huw Lemmey in collaboration with Onyeka Igwe - Ungentle

Wed-Sun: 10-5pm

Studio Voltaire will present Ungentle, a major new film commission based on a new script by Huw Lemmey and co–directed with Onyeka Igwe, exploring the complicated relationship between British espionage and male homosexuality.

Based on extensive historical research, the film is narrated by an imagined, enigmatic auteur whose fraught position as both a spy and gay man in the mid–20th century is troubled by sex, secrecy, politics and imperialism.

Filmed in 16mm, Ungentle is a visual journey through the history-laden British landscapes where these infamous stories emerged. It moves from St James’s Park, a historical cruising ground at the centre of British power, to Beaulieu, a historic country house in Hampshire that served as a Special Operations Executive training school, and its surrounding countryside.


Clapham 1a Nelsons Row, SW4 7JR