We're here all week: public formation and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival

McWilliam, Kelly (2007) We're here all week: public formation and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival. Queensland Review, 14 (2). pp. 79-91. ISSN 1321-8166


Now in its eighth year Brisbane Queer Film Festival (BQFF) continues to be Queensland's only regular public film festival dedicated to explicitly queer films. But at a time when queer film festivals around the world are under increasing pressure to disband, given claims that 'queer' is supposedly such an accepted part of mainstream media that separate events are superfluous, what role if any does the BQFF have in Brisbane's and Queensland's queer culture (see Rich 2006)? This paper explores the BQFF as a potential site for the articulation and enactment of a queer Queensland presence. To this extent, I am interested in the BQFF as an event and space, rather than as a collection of individual texts. I explore the BQFF's queer cultural potential from three angles. First, I look at the BQFF's spatial context by examining the Brisbane Powerhouse as a socio-sexual space. Second, I develop these spatial readings into an industrial analysis by contextualising the BQFF as part of the international queer film festival circuit. Third, I query the BQFF's queer potential by discussing its temporality; after all, what kind of queer presence is it really possible to mobilise with an event that lasts less than one week each year? And what might it mean to broader considerations of the BQFF's attendees or of 'queer publics' in Brisbane and Queensland? This paper offers answers to these questions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2010 06:57
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: film, film festivals, queer film festivals, Brisbane Powerhouse, publics, public sphere
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7953

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