Speaking of Sexual Violence: A Provocation

During an introduction to a City Eye Southampton Film Week screening of The Rape of Recy Taylor (Nancy Buirski 2017) at Solent University in November 2018, a brief exchange ensued about how we overcome the difficulty of starting conversations that address challenging topics. This was not about how we actively tackle issues of sexual violence, racism and abuse but how do we even begin to talk about them in a way that is not divisive, insensitive or biased by our own cultural identities?

‘I can speak for myself’: Father Paquin’s Confession in Spotlight (2015)

by Darren Kerr, Southampton Solent University, UK. Just a little over half way through Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight (2015), door-to-door investigations are taking place. Noted in the screenplay as ‘the summer victim montage’, evidence of paedophilia in the Catholic Church is building and stories of abuse victims are coming through. The rolling notes of Howard Shore’s … Continue reading ‘I can speak for myself’: Father Paquin’s Confession in Spotlight (2015)

Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion

Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion, edited by Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy, is the first critical anthology to offer extended analysis of the representation of sexual perversities on screen and will be published by I.B. Tauris August 2017. Interrogating the recent shift towards the mainstream in the cinematic representation of previously marginalised sexual practices, it challenges the discourses and … Continue reading Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion