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Panel: Queer Tropes and Trauma On Screen – Should We Tell These Stories?

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Is it automatically a negative thing to portray queer characters on screen undergoing trauma? What about tropes? Do they have a place in queer cinema?

This in-depth panel discussion will delve into whether it is inherently negative to depict LGBTIQ+ characters undergoing such experiences on screen. It will also examine the necessity of using common tropes, spanning from happiness to trauma, in different contexts. Additionally, it will consider how the identity of filmmakers influences the utilisation and acceptance of these elements and touch on how queer festivals handle the demand for ‘feel-good films.’

Moderated by Walkley winning journalist, filmmaker and presenter Patrick (Pat) Abboud (Only Human Productions/ Dreamchaser Studios), he will be joined by filmmakers Craig Boreham (Lonesome, MGFF23; Perfect Boy Next Door, MGFF24), Carl Joseph E. Papa (The Missing, MGFF24) and Monica Zanetti (Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt), MGFF20; While the Men Are Away), and media scholar and researcher Natalie Krikowa (University of Technology Sydney, Queer Representation Matters), in what promises to be a captivating conversation on the nuanced use of trauma and tropes in LGBTIQ+ cinema.

This event is presented in partnership with the State Library of New South Wales.