at The Cube, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Blue Movies: Sex and Sexuality on Screen

From Wetlands to My Mistress, MIFF 14 is filled with risqué business. But the question is, how do you write ‘meaningful’ sex on screen in a way that isn’t meaningless sleaze?

Writer and journalist Clem Bastow talks to Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Ana Kokkinos (Head On, Blessed), respected academic Barbara Creed, and American directors Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) and Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas, Drinking Buddies, MIFF 13) about using the sex scene to actually say something new.

Co-presented with the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Who?

Portrait of Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan

Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the writer/director/star of Appropriate Behavior, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Portrait of Barbara Creed

Barbara Creed

Barbara Creed is Professor of Screen Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of research cover feminist and psychoanalytic theory, the cinema of human rights and film and the animal.

Portrait of Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg is an American independent filmmaker and actor. His films include Happy Christmas and Drinking Buddies.

Portrait of Stephan Elliott

Stephan Elliott

Entering the film industry aged 17, Stephan became a director at age 26 with the Cannes 1993 entrant Frauds, starring Phil Collins and Hugo Weaving. He has since directed films including The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Welcome to Woop Woop.

Portrait of Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow is an award-winning journalist, cultural critic and cake-baker. Her work appears regularly in the Saturday PaperAge and Guardian, and she co-presents Superfluity on 3RRR. In 2017 she co-presented the ABC First Run professional wrestling podcast Behind The Belt.

Having completed the traditional 'two year stint writing at Starbucks' in Los Angeles in 2013, Clem is currently working on bringing her first film, Farewell Tour, to the screen. When she's not fighting crime by night, Clem works as a tutor in screenwriting at the University of Melbourne.

Portrait of Ana Kokkinos

Ana Kokkinos

Acclaimed writer/director Ana Kokkinos’ career spans film and TV.

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