June 22

Yours racially

I have altogether too many thoughts on the current spotlight on race to be coherent and comprehensive at the moment, so I’m going to be adding a bunch of stuff here as a sort of ‘contents’ page as they’re published, including previously published articles on diversity and cultural appropriation.

Here are some articles and essays you can read by other people in the meantime:

Articles

9 tips teachers can use when talking about racism
By Leticia Anderson, Kathomi Gatwiri, Lynette Riley and Marcelle Townsend-Cross

A White Damsel Leveraged Racial Power and Failed
By Ruby Hamad

Deflecting from the real issues of Black Lives Matter
By Osman Faruqi

Diversity in Australian film and TV: ‘I am limited to being a token’
By Ahmed Yussuf

Ex-Cop Brandon Tatum’s Success Doesn’t Disprove White Privilege
By Alex Kasprak

‘I knew that Jonah was me’
By Garry Maddox

Our Media Had A Chance To Fix Its Race Problem. It Blew It.
By Osman Faruqi

‘There are no more excuses’: six industry insiders on Australian TV’s problem with race
By Steph Harmon

They Pretend To Be Us While Pretending We Don’t Exist
By Jenny Zhang

This is not a critique. This is a condemnation.
By Likhain

Today’s standards
By Luke Pearson

Why I can’t hold space for you anymore
By Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures

Why so many black deaths in custody and so little justice?
By Joshua Creamer

  

Essays

So White. So What.
By Alison Whittaker

Stewed Awakening
By Navneet Alang

The Great White Social Justice Novel
By Sujatha Fernandes

Image credit: The Martin Luther King mural in Newtown by Hpeterswald

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March 10

5-question film review: Bit

Bit (2019)

Why did you go see this film?

I’m a big fan of the Mardi Gras Film Festival and a schlocky queer B-grade vampire flick was a perfect start to the festival.

What was the best thing about it?

I loved lead vampire Duke but I must confess that as a massive, unironic fan of Boney M I gotta give this to the ‘Rasputin’ disco Vlad sequence which was so deliciously hilarious I am devastated I cannot find a clip of it anywhere.

What was the worst thing about it?

I have a feeling the final cut of the movie deviated from the original premise because there are a few unnecessary threads, e.g. the best friend character, and the synopsis says the main character is transgender, which may well be the case but is never explored.

Who would you recommend go see it?

If you like lesbian vampires, B-grade tropes and edible hearts, this one is for you.

If this film was a food, what would it be?

Hmm, maybe bloody heart of a male comedian.

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February 26

5-question film review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Why did you go see this film?

Whenever I booked tickets on the Palace Cinemas website I saw the poster for this film and it didn’t seem interesting. Then film reviewer Hayley Inch raved about it and I thought I’d at least find out what it was about.

What was the best thing about it?

The cinematography was exquisite, the ending was elegantly rendered, but I think the best thing was the camaraderie between the characters.

What was the worst thing about it?

The narrative framing device was uncharacteristically clumsy and I think the ending would’ve been fine as a time jump without it.

Who would you recommend go see it?

Patient people, as it’s a very slow film with lots of lingering shots. People who appreciate art, people who are interested in the manifestation of repressed female desire, filmmakers who want to learn about lighting.

If this film was an item of stationery, what would it be?

A very fine paintbrush for detailed, elaborate art.

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