Projecting The Body

Sun, May 31, 2009, 3pm

Stephen Cummins burst onto the international queer cinema scene in the early 1990s. His films were poetic, erotic, political. They were celebratory of gay culture, sexuality, and the male body, yet steeped in powerful critiques of homophobic violence and the raging AIDS epidemic.

PROJECTING THE BODY is an intimate look at Cummins’ life and career. It explores his film and photographic work, and captures his passionate and creative personality though interviews with friends, family, collaborators, and film critics/commentators.

Followed by RESONANCE. At a time when there were almost no gay or lesbian characters in Australian film and television, Cummins made RESONANCE (1991), the first gay-themed film to be funded by the Australian Film Commission. The film fused narrative with dance to tackle the issue of anti-gay violence, and was an Australian voice in the emerging New Queer Cinema. RESONANCE went on to become the most exhibited Australian short film of the 1990s and screened at more than 40 international film festivals.

PROJECTING THE BODY dir Walter McIntosh 2008 Australia 60 min.
RESONANCE dir Stephen Cummins 1991 Australia 11 min.
Community Partner: White Bird