On gay culture and queer cinema
The tone and energy of these movies reflected the assertive outrage of AIDS activist organizations of the past decade. Given the relative invisibility of references to AIDS in mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, the work of New Queer Cinema was hailed by the gay community as a welcome correction to a history of under-representation and stereotyping of gay and lesbian people.
South: the earliest surviving British gay TV drama to deal with homosexuality. It should be mentioned that the Sexual Offences Act did not legislate for the decriminalisation of female homosexuality.
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- Not only did these films frequently reference the AIDS crisis of the s, the film movement itself can be seen as a response to the crisis.
- I wonder though, if the two are a bit like oil and water.
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- If Hollywood and other censorships had, within film history, restricted depictions of and references to same-sex desire, the latter nonetheless would rear its head, often and even usually in homophobic manner see Vito Russo's book The Celluloid Closet, , and its adaptation as film documentary by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman in
- In parallel, the term 'queer' had undergone a long re-appropriation in the world of black and Latin drag balls in American cities, brought to wider prominence by the Madonna-inspired rendering visible of the 'voguing' phenomenon. There is nothing quite as disheartening as the scene when Martha played by Shirley MacLaine jettisons a part of her sexual identity to protect her co-worker Karen played by Audrey Hepburn.
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The celluloid closet: homosexuality in the movies. Queer and present danger: after New Queer Cinema. It is not breaking news to say that the film industry has been dominated by white men for over years at this point.
Heavenly bodies: film stars and society. Rather, within these categories, spatio-temporal considerations must be borne in mind: different embeddings of modernity and tradition, as in Hamam or indeed Inxeba; the fact that the origins of 'queer' were at least in part determined by the need to include a wider set of ethnicised and racialised subjectivities within discussions of 'lesbian and gay'; or that a black British filmmaker such as Isaac Julien, with his take on London Caribbean, gay and punk subcultures in the context of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Young Soul Rebels, could be seen as a harbinger of New Queer Cinema.