Hallwalkers: queering gender and attraction through/in scriptwriting

Baker, Dallas (2018) Hallwalkers: queering gender and attraction through/in scriptwriting. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses (48). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1327-9556


This work is informed by queer theory relating to gender and sexuality and explores the complex negotiations and disclosures that gender non-conforming persons are often forced to undertake in social situations that are largely structured by heteronormativity. The screenplay foregrounds the mutable nature of sexual attraction and actively imagines a scenario in which gender non-conforming persons are not confronted with fraught, and often dangerous, social navigations and disclosures about their gender status. The screenplay foregrounds dialogue and direct address as a subversion of mainstream (masculinist) screen conventions that accentuate the visual (masculine) over the verbal (feminine) and verisimilitude over self-reflexivity. The script also makes a contribution to the rethinking of attraction itself, presenting it as fluid and negotiable rather than fixed. The script deploys these ideas in an accessible way, in the form of a LGBTIQ romantic drama.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors. For republication, contact the author direct and acknowledge TEXT.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 04:14
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing, scriptwriting as research, queer drama
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34063

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