Queer disorientations in Only the Brave, Head On, and Blessed

McWilliam, Kelly ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3991-4593 and Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7694-5615 (2022) Queer disorientations in Only the Brave, Head On, and Blessed. Studies in Australasian Cinema. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1750-3175


Abstract

In this article, we explore the orientation of queer bodies to the city – and to Lisa French’s (2013) motif of ‘looking from the largely industrialised west at the city’ in particular – in three films directed by Ana Kokkinos: Only the Brave (1994), Head On (1998), and Blessed (2009). In doing so, we take up Sara Ahmed’s queer phenomenological approach to focus on Alex (played by Elena Mandalis) in Only the Brave; Ari (played by Alex Dimitriades) in Head On; and Arthur/‘Roo’ (played by Eamon Farren) in Blessed. We argue that when each queer protagonist looks to the city they are not only multiply disoriented, their disorientations are also specifically triggered by earlier enunciations of queer desire. We argue that these physical, psychological, temporal, and spatial disorientations serve multiple purposes across these films. They symbolise the phenomenological disorientations of queer embodiment; disorientate viewers to offer them a queer spectatorial opportunity; and proffer the ‘hope of new directions’ [Ahmed, Sara. 2006b. Queer Phenomenology. Durham, NC: Duke UP] in the depiction of queerness in Australian cinema.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 05:05
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2022 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian film, Australian cinema, Ana Kokkinos, queer cinema
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470208 Culture, representation and identity
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470207 Cultural theory
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470214 Screen and media culture
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440506 Sexualities
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440501 Feminist and queer theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130205 Visual communication
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17503175.2022.2095160
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49441

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