TALK – Looking Awry
In LGBT+ politics and activism bisexual people are often left out of the conversation. To consider bisexual people – our lives, our desires, and the difficulties we face – enriches our understanding of sexuality, foregrounding issues that we otherwise might not consider.
This is eye-opening when considering cinematic representations of bisexuality. When do we read a character as bisexual? How can a character’s bisexuality be communicated? What tropes and stereotypes are at play in these representations and what purpose do they serve? What is the impact of the scarcity of bisexual representations on bisexual people’s lives?
Taking a ride through cinema’s invocations of bisexuality, from well-known Hollywood neo- noir thrillers to underground queer filmmaking to the extremities of European art cinema, let’s take a moment to consider representations of bisexual desire on screen.
Presented by Jacob Engelberg, programmer of Brighton-based queer film strand, Eyes Wide Open Cinema.
In partnership with Queer Film Network