Thanks to Holly R. for suggesting the following documentaries that might be of interest to the Roles network:
‘Too Fast To Be A Woman’ 22nd February on BBC2 (and on iPlayer for a week thereafter)
The Story of Caster Semenya an athlete who was made to undergo sex-testing, the results of which were never disclosed.
Q. Does the public or media ever have a ‘right’ to know these things? Why aren’t there mixed sex athletic competitions?
‘Eye To Eye’ (1989), directed by Isabel Hegner
A documentary about Robert Mapplethorpe through interviews with his lover Jack Walls just before Mapplethorpe succumbed to his AIDS-related illnesses.
Q. There are postcolonialist themes in the imagery used, but is there more to be said about representations of gay men by a gay man (was this what was shocking to the 1970s/80s public?)?
Q. Amongst other things in the documentary, Walls says that whatever people think about the photos on first viewing them, after a while the photos take on a life of their own and stop being photos of Mr X or Mr Y and simply become images. What do you think about this statement?