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

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McWilliam, Kelly and Gildersleeve, Jessica. 2022. "Queer disorientations in Only the Brave, Head On, and Blessed ." Studies in Australasian Cinema. 16 (2-3), pp. 54-64. https://doi.org/10.1080/17503175.2022.2095160
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Queer disorientations in Only the Brave, Head On, and Blessed

ERA Journal ID35827
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMcWilliam, Kelly (Author) and Gildersleeve, Jessica (Author)
Journal TitleStudies in Australasian Cinema
Journal Citation16 (2-3), pp. 54-64
Number of Pages11
Year02 Sep 2022
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1750-3175
1750-3183
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17503175.2022.2095160
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17503175.2022.2095160
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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.

KeywordsAustralian film; Australian cinema; Ana Kokkinos; queer cinema
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470208. Culture, representation and identity
470207. Cultural theory
470214. Screen and media culture
440506. Sexualities
440501. Feminist and queer theory
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Gildersleeve, Jessica. 2011. "Her story: Liza's England (The Century's Daughter)." Wheeler, Pat (ed.) Re-reading Pat Barker. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 25-41
Regarding violence in Pat Barker's Double Vision
Gildersleeve, Jessica. 2009. "Regarding violence in Pat Barker's Double Vision." Peer English. 4, pp. 32-46.
Monstrous child: Rosamond Lehmann's war writing
Gildersleeve, Jessica. 2011. "Monstrous child: Rosamond Lehmann's war writing." Philament. 17 (17), pp. 1-11.
Jean Rhys's Tropographies: unmappable identity and the tropical landscape in Wide Sargasso Sea and selected short fiction
Gildersleeve, Jessica. 2011. "Jean Rhys's Tropographies: unmappable identity and the tropical landscape in Wide Sargasso Sea and selected short fiction." eTropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics. 10, pp. 32-38.
Trauma, memory and landscape in Queensland: women writing 'A New Alphabet of Moss and Water'
Gildersleeve, Jessica. 2012. "Trauma, memory and landscape in Queensland: women writing 'A New Alphabet of Moss and Water'." Queensland Review. 19 (2), pp. 205-216. https://doi.org/10.1017/qre.2012.23
Digital literacy [Introduction to MIA : journal issue 128]
McWilliam, Kelly, Hartley, John and Gibson, Mark. 2008. "Digital literacy [Introduction to MIA : journal issue 128]." Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources. 128, pp. 46-48.
The uses of multimedia: three digital literacy case studies
Hartley, John, McWilliam, Kelly, Burgess, Jean and Banks, John. 2008. "The uses of multimedia: three digital literacy case studies." Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources. https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878x0812800108
Computational power meets human contact
Hartley, John and McWilliam, Kelly. 2009. "Computational power meets human contact." Hartley, John and McWilliam, Kelly (ed.) Story circle: digital storytelling around the world. United Kingdom. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 3-15
The global diffusion of a community media practice: digital storytelling online
McWilliam, Kelly. 2009. "The global diffusion of a community media practice: digital storytelling online." Hartley, John and McWilliam, Kelly (ed.) Story circle: digital storytelling around the world. United Kingdom. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 37-75
Romance in foreign accents: Harlequin-Mills & Boon in Australia
McWilliam, Kelly. 2009. "Romance in foreign accents: Harlequin-Mills & Boon in Australia." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 23 (2), pp. 137-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304310802710488
Mediatisation and institutions of public memory: digital storytelling and the apology
Burgess, Jean, Klaebe, Helen and McWilliam, Kelly. 2010. "Mediatisation and institutions of public memory: digital storytelling and the apology." Australian Historical Studies. 41 (2), pp. 149-165. https://doi.org/10.1080/10314611003716861
Romance in foreign accents: Harlequin-Mills & Boon Australia
McWilliam, Kelly. 2010. "Romance in foreign accents: Harlequin-Mills & Boon Australia." Moran, Albert and Keane, Michael (ed.) Cultural adaptation. Oxford, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 31-40
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.
Digital storytelling as a 'discursively-ordered domain'
McWilliam, Kelly. 2008. "Digital storytelling as a 'discursively-ordered domain'." Lundby, Knut (ed.) Digital storytelling, mediatized stories: self-representations in new media. New York, NY. United States. Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 145-160
Co-creative media: theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture
Spurgeon, Christina, Burgess, Jean, Klaebe, Helen, McWilliam, Kelly, Tacchi, Jo and Tsai, Mimi. 2009. "Co-creative media: theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture." Flew, Terry (ed.) 2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship (ANZCA 2009). Brisbane, Australia 08 - 10 Jul 2009 Wellington, New Zealand.
Star struck: fandom and the discourse of celebrity
McWilliam, Kelly. 2009. "Star struck: fandom and the discourse of celebrity." Stadler, Jane and McWilliam, Kelly (ed.) Screen media: analysing film and television. Sydney, Australia. Allen & Unwin. pp. 245-271
Genre: something new based on something familiar
McWilliam, Kelly. 2009. "Genre: something new based on something familiar." Stadler, Jane and McWilliam, Kelly (ed.) Screen media: analysing film and television. Sydney, Australia. Allen & Unwin. pp. 217-243
Screen media: analysing film and television
Stadler, Jane and McWilliam, Kelly. 2009. Screen media: analysing film and television. Sydney, Australia. Allen & Unwin.