Middlesex: Queer Week
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What kinds of stories do we tell about gay men and their sexuality on the screen, on stage and on the page? How has storytelling about male-on-male sexuality evolved over time? And what are some of the stories and characters that have been important to gay male writers in all forms of storytelling? We’re joined by novelist Christos Tsiolkas (Barracuda, The Slap), playwright Tommy Murphy (Holding the Man) and filmmaker Tony Ayres (Matchbox Pictures).
Hosted by Crusader Hillis.
Tommy Murphy is the screenwriter and associate producer for the feature film of Holding the Man. His stage adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s much-loved tragic romance memoir, has had productions every year since its premiere, including Melbourne (MTC), Sydney (Griffin, Belvoir, Sydney Opera House), Brisbane (Brisbane Powerhouse, La Boite), Adelaide (STCSA), Auckland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London’s West End.
Tony Ayres is a principal and founding partner of Matchbox Pictures and an accomplished writer, director and producer for both film and television. His feature film, The Home Song Stories, premiered at Berlin and won 23 Australian and international awards including 8 AFI Awards.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of the novels Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe, The Slap and Barracuda, as well as the short story collection, Merciless Gods. He co-authored Jump Cuts: An Autobiography with Sasha Soldatow. He wrote a monograph on Fred Schepisi’s The Devil’s Playground for the Australian Screen Classics series, and a monograph on Patrick White for the Writers on Writers series by Back Inc.
Crusader Hillis is a writer, editor, curator and producer. He co-founded (with Rowland Thomson) the queer bookshop Hares & Hyenas in 1991.
We’ve come a long way since the bad old days when any sexuality that wasn’t heterosexual, monogamous and sealed by marriage was kept behind the bedroom door and between the sheets (or up against the wall). In a week of open discussion and joyous celebration, we’re exploring sexuality and identity in all their alternative forms.