Orchids, intersex and the auto/biographical project

Hart, Phoebe (2013) Orchids, intersex and the auto/biographical project. Studies in Documentary Film, 7(1), pp. 79-91.

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Auto/biographical documentaries ask audiences to take a ‘leap of faith’, not being able to offer any real ‘proof’ of the people and events they claim to document, other than that of the film-maker’s saying this is what happened. With only memory and history seen through the distorting lens of time, ‘the authenticity of experience functions as a receding horizon of truth in which memory and testimony are articulated as modes of salvage’. Orchids: My Intersex Adventure follows a salvaging of the film-maker’s life events and experiences, being born with an intersex condition, and, via the filming and editing process, revolving around the core question: who am I? From this transformative creative documentary practice evolves a new way of embodying experience and ‘seeing’, playfully dubbed here as the ‘intersex gaze’.

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ID Code: 66766
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Phoebe Hart completed her Ph.D. at QUT in 2009, producing as part of her thesis a long form documentary on people living with intersex conditions entitled Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. This multi-award winning film premiered at the Brisbane International Film Festival in 2010 where it was voted the top film of the festival. Since then, the film has travelled the world at numerous film festivals and screenings, garnering many awards along the way, and was broadcast in Australia on the ABC in January 2012. Previous to this achievement, Phoebe co-directed a part-observational part-essay style documentary series on the state of higher education in Australia for Special Broadcasting Station (SBS) called Downunder Grads, which screened in March 2008. She directed and co-wrote a half-hour documentary called Roller Derby Dolls, which premiered in a prime time slot on ABC1 in September 2008. The film follows a group of unconventional women who play the rough-and-tumble sport of roller derby.
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Keywords: documentary practice and theory, evidence, memory, intersex, gaze, autobiography
DOI: 10.1386/sdf.7.1.79_1
ISSN: 17503299
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Cinema Studies (190201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Phoebe Hart
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2014 00:00
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2014 20:49

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