The Representation of Intersex Characters in English Feature Films

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This is the first-ever academic doctoral study that brings together theoretical readings of representation of intersex with professional practice in Film, TV and Media research by making a feature film. This study questions the issues of identity, discrimination, psychological and physical abuse, love and feelings of intersex as human beings, never being talked about in British feature films. I selected publicly available all extant English language feature films, with a lead intersex character, from the US, UK, and Australia. It investigates how filmmakers have represented intersex and their issues in their films to gain critical and commercial success. It provides a close textual analysis of the selected films and argues that intersex has been underrepresented and misrepresented in the feature films. It also argues that intersex subject is still a taboo subject not only for the society but also for the financiers, producers and directors which leads to an underrepresentation of intersex in films.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity of Westminster
PublisherLondon Screen Studies Group
VolumeAVPhD series
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameAVPhD series
PublisherLondon Screen Studies Group

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