Truth or dare: sex, race and mockumentary film

Anne Marilla Harris

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    The performative identities of both Black and queer characters in film have been noted by academics in Black queer diasporic theory (Rinaldo Walcott) and artists such as Cheryl Dunye and Isaac Julien, with particular focus on the ways in which these identities have been constructed from both within and outside of their respective communities. Australian Indigenous and lesbian filmmaker Sonja Dare took the discourse one step further, however, in her 2007 release Destiny in Alice, a twenty-seven-minute mockumentary film which parodies a David Attenborough-style search for the rare desert lesbian of Alice Springs in Australia s outback. Her film actively pursues the intersection of cultural and sexual expressiveness and suppression, interrogates notions of belonging and exclusion within these communities, and challenges marginalisations of all subaltern identities in the evolving criticality of performing race, sex and gender in modernity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)540 - 556
    Number of pages17
    JournalFeminist Media Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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