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Boiler Room announces new film platform 4:3 and documentary Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone

Marketed as a “Netflix for the underground”, the free streaming site will explore performance, identity, youth culture and anti-establishment

Boiler Room has launched 4:3, a new streaming platform for a wide range of music documentaries, feature length films and archival footage. The platform is curated by guests Elijah Wood, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peaches and Jenn Nkiru, and is free to use, although you do need to register.

So far 4:3’s uploaded content covers topics ranging from New York’s Paradise Garage club and UKG to grime and Industrial, including contributions from or about Sun Ra, Sudan Archives, Jeff Mills, Vince Staples, Blood Orange, David Mancuso, Ron Hardy, and many more. There is also a section dedicated to the works of documentary film maker Robert Mugge.

“Holding a mirror up to internet culture, 4:3 omnivorously pulls anything from a feature film to a music video to found footage to a meme,” says its Creative Director Amar Ediriwira. “The platforms seeks to challenge notions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art, all the while expanding the ways we experience moving image and sound.”

In the meantime, 4:3’s first release of original content explores the history and the present state of queer dance music culture in Manchester. Produced by Anaïs Brémond and directed by Stephen Isaac Wilson, it’s called Fleshback: Queer Raving In Manchester's Twilight Zone and it marks the 30th anniversary of the homophobic Section 28 legislation introduced by Thatcher's government to prohibit the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

You can watch chapter one of the documentary below or register to view it on 4:3.