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The activist cinema-goer: Gay liberation at the movies

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article examines the role of cinema in the emergence of gay and lesbian activism in 1970s Sydney. In that decade, a newly politicised homosexual identity was developed and encouraged by gay rights and liberation activists. At the same time, changes to censorship laws radically altered the kinds of films Australians were allowed to watch. Activists put these films to use in the development of new forms of identity. It was not just the films that were important, however, but also the spaces in which they were screened. The article examines the history of two particular cinemas to argue that it was through such spaces that gay and lesbian people began to see themselves as a community, a public and an audience.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • McKinnon, S. (2013). The activist cinema-goer: Gay liberation at the movies. History Australia, 10 (1), 125-143.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85045234843

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3343

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 125

End Page


  • 143

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This article examines the role of cinema in the emergence of gay and lesbian activism in 1970s Sydney. In that decade, a newly politicised homosexual identity was developed and encouraged by gay rights and liberation activists. At the same time, changes to censorship laws radically altered the kinds of films Australians were allowed to watch. Activists put these films to use in the development of new forms of identity. It was not just the films that were important, however, but also the spaces in which they were screened. The article examines the history of two particular cinemas to argue that it was through such spaces that gay and lesbian people began to see themselves as a community, a public and an audience.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • McKinnon, S. (2013). The activist cinema-goer: Gay liberation at the movies. History Australia, 10 (1), 125-143.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85045234843

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3343

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 125

End Page


  • 143

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia