eyes wide open blog

Enjoy some of the writing from our committee, collaborators, and friends, about or related to our cinematic programme. 

what's eating ali?

by Jacob Engelberg

"The complex ways in which social and cultural pressures shape a forbidden love like Emmi and Ali’s overlap greatly with the concerns of “queer”. To engage in queer analysis is to ask how and why a society regiments our desires." 

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 the magician of cinema

by Eliott Mussi

"one can see the young artist portraying his own subconscious mind during a dream sequence, projecting through the dreamscape an array of violent, and at times homoerotic, desires."

MEETING ORLANDO

by Kate Wood and Catherine O'Sullivan

"As viewers, we cannot help but notice her. Orlando has milky skin, flame-red hair and almost alien-like features. And then there’s that gaze – direct, playful, two beams of light from another century. "

LIVIN' IN YOUR OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

by Catherine O'Sullivan

"On the page, his character was initially written as straight. Phoenix wanted to complicate it. How queer."

ADOLESCENCE, BISEXUAL DESIRE, AND GREGG ARAKI

by Jacob Engelberg

"Araki’s feat in repeatedly bringing bisexual lives to film in ways that are cool, awkward, sexy, lonely, confused, assured, reckless, and cautious, is something to be marked."