reinventing ourselves: how reality tv is making us over

queer eye for the straight guy

We've had the home and garden makeovers, we've been taught how to cook.... so, what's next? Queer Eye for the Straight Guy heralded the beginning of a new trend: personal makeovers. Now Reality TV has turned its attention to making us over; telling us what to wear, what to say, and how to behave. Jane Roscoe will discuss Reality TV's new obsession and the process of personal reinvention.

Dr Jane Roscoe is Head of The Centre for Screen Studies and Research at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney, Australia. She has taught screen studies in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, and has published extensively in the areas of documentary, mock-documentary, and Reality TV. She is the author of 'Documentary in New Zealand: An Immigrant Nation', and she is co-author (with Craig Hight) of 'Faking It: Mock-Documentary and the Subversion of Factuality' (Manchester University Press, 2001). She has written extensively about Big Brother and has recently completed an audience survey on the show for Southern Star Endemol. She was also the first media academic to appear on the Big Brother Saturday show during the first series.

Dates   Thursday 5 February 2004, 7pm
Admission   Adult $12 Concession $10
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