When a repressive light is shone upon marginalised people, drenching them in hardship, glimmers and flecks of hope bounce back. It’s there you’ll find the lens of Stephen Isaac-Wilson. A celebrated filmmaker, documentarian and journalist, he’s always found that the throughline of his own craft was storytelling, as he’s traveled the world making short films about the ways in which queer people of colour are portrayed. “I’m interested in the politics of the glamour and gloss,” he tells SUPER. “There are really important stories about queer people who are marginalised around the world, but I like to think that you can bring fantasy to that, and reimagine our experiences.”

It’s a passion that’s lead him down a route of narrative filmmaking; a space where that fantasy can roam freer, within reason. “Obviously, horrific things are happening and so we urgently need those kind of agendas to be heard,but that’s difficult to break out of [as a filmmaker],” he admits. “Viewing how someone sees you.”

Now, he’s searching for “universal messages of understanding” instead. it’s easy to make niche stories, but it’s harder to tell those same tales in a way that relates to everyone. It’s his own utopia that he’s starting to paint; a world of his own. If we were to restart this planet and build it from scratch, he knows how it might
look. “Border free,” he says definitively, “and a world in which your race, sexuality or your gender don’t define what your dreams can be.”