femme femme a film
WHAT IS IT?
Femme Femme a Film (provisional title!) is a documentary about femmes. Featuring interviews, footage from femme events and footage of femmes performing, existing & collaborating.
I want it to be about femme as both a performative and gender identity. I want to find out what femme means to different people, how it works for them, how they think about it politically and personally, why and how they identify as femme. I want to find out the different ways people perform as femme. I want to make visible and heard all the different types of femmes and show all the different ways femme identity can be presented, performed and lived. I want to look at femme collaboration and break down how people perceive that working to see how it actually happens. I want to celebrate femmes and femme identity.
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?
This is going to be a documentary made up of your voices talking about your experiences and identities. If you’re interested in contributing please get in contact! From there we can work out a time to do an interview.
If you are organising or attending a femme-centered event sometime soon, let me know the details of what it is as I’d love to come and film it.
If you’re feeling camera shy but still want to be a part of the film there are heaps of other ways this can happen! Let me know what your worries are and we’ll talk about ways around them.
If you think this project is a neat idea but don’t identify as femme but do know heaps of other amazing femmes you think will be interested please feel free to pass this on.
I really, really, really want to represent the diversity of femme identity in this film. This is not about showing just one type of femme or one type of femme presentation/representation. If you identify as a femme some of the time, most of the time or all of the time then I want to talk to you. If you are a flamboyant femme I want to talk to you. If you are a secret femme I want to talk to you. If femme is only one fraction of your identity I want to talk to you. If femme is your life I want to talk to you. I’m not interested in policing femme identities, I’m interested in finding out what femme means to femmes.
WHERE IS THIS AMAZING THING HAPPENING?
Melbourne, Australia! Unfortunately I don’t think I can currently travel interstate to interview or film people there. But if you are interested in the project and in being interviewed or having your femme-centered event filmed then please do get in touch. I’m sure that later on/pretty soon it’ll be totally possible for me to film outside Melbourne and include femmes from all over Australia.
check it out and get in contact! caitlin [dot] ate [at] gmail [dot] com.
please reblog even if you’re not from Australia, it’ll be interesting to watch regardless and you most likely have followers who are.
but the sad thing is we have to
“Because there’s no real affirming alternative, and turning poison into cure is the only cultural option we have.”
a good critique of priscilla, queen of the desert
applies to almost all trans-ish movies out there
liked the paragraph that precides this quote, too:
I think when you’re young, you get what you need out of movies and discard the rest–a process so selective that looking back you wonder how you pulled anything useful from there at all. Marginalised people can do wonderfully perverse things with texts, but the sad thing is we have to.
spoiler for “alice”
s. and i went to go see tim burton’s iteration of “alice in wonderland” last night
and i am sure i am not the only women’s studiesy, activisty person who, at the very end of the film, really thought for a second that maybe alice had learned from her adventures that political and social domination of people is bad, and that she would stop her father’s capitalist empire from spreading across the globe
i suppose neither wonderland nor victorian england - nor hollywood - work like that
yay alan rickman