MUBI Pride Season

  • Mike Black

For Pride Month I was approached by the theatrical distributor and global curated film streaming service, MUBI, to develop a print inspired by one of their films in their Pride Unprejudiced season. Taking inspiration from Sebastian Meise’s 2021 drama “Great Freedom”, I developed a linocut portrait focusing on the main character Hans Hoffmann (played by Franz Rogowski).

The film is the story of Hans, who having been saved from the concentration camps is immediately transferred to prison under Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code, designed to criminalise homosexual acts between men, in post WWII West Germany. It follows numerous periods of incarceration that Hans suffers between 1945 and 1969 (when the law is reformed and prisoners released), and his relationship with other inmates, including sometimes cellmate, Viktor.

The project brief was to create a portrait of Hans, so after viewing the film I decided to focus on a particular scene from the end of the film where he is standing in front of a neon sign for a bar that is called Große Freiheit (Great Freedom). I then proceeded to create a three colour reduction linocut, in a limited edition of just four prints, two of which MUBI hold and the other two, much to my pleasure, were bought by the films production company.

The print featured on MUBI’s instagram during Pride month, and at an event in London at Colours Hoxton, where there was a screening of the queer cult classic “Querelle” and a party hosted by Queer House Party and Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest.