‘It was the summer when everything changed…’: coming of age queer in Australian cinema

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McWilliam, Kelly. 2017. "‘It was the summer when everything changed…’: coming of age queer in Australian cinema." Ryan, Mark David and Goldsmith, Ben (ed.) Australian screen in the 2000s. London, United Kingdom. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 191-206
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‘It was the summer when everything changed…’: coming of age queer in Australian cinema

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleAustralian screen in the 2000s
Authors
AuthorMcWilliam, Kelly
EditorsRyan, Mark David and Goldsmith, Ben
Page Range191-206
Chapter Number9
Number of Pages16
Year2017
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9783319482989
9783319482996
Web Address (URL)https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319482989
Abstract

There has been a dramatic increase in the release of queer Australian feature films since 2006, more than half of which have drawn on the conventions of the coming-of-age film. This chapter focuses on Tan Lines (Ed Aldridge, 2006), Newcastle (Dan Castle, 2009), Monster Pies (Lee Galea, 2013), and 52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013) to explore how these films enunciate the genre and negotiate questions of gender and sexuality in a genre often organised around the exploration of heterosexual romance. Ultimately, this chapter argues that these films negotiate a place for the representation of queer youth in Australian film culture as well as broaden and complicate a popular and enduring genre of the Australian film canon.

Keywordsqueer film, Australian film, teen film, coming of age, 52 Tuesdays, Monster Pies, Tan Lines, Newcastle
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
470214. Screen and media culture
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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