A still from Funeral Parade of Roses - looking in the mirror
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
Stories & Ideas

Thu 23 Nov 2017

Recorded Talks: Beyond The Binary

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How have representations of trans and gender diversity evolved?

The representation of gender diversity on screen has a complex history, from invisibility to stereotypical representations of otherness, including the sexually mischievous to the homicidal maniac.

Filmmaker Amos Gebhardt, critic and festival director Cerise Howard and artists Bobuq Sayed and Bhenji Ra talked about the history and politics of gender diverse representation in films like Funeral Parade of Roses, Tomboy, The Crying Game and Boys Don't Cry, as well as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Billions.

The panel explored the problematic casting and stereotyping of gender diverse characters to the more progressive titles that have paved the way for more positive and nuanced gender expression on screen.

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