Date(s) - 14/11/2012
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Femmes fatales, girls-with-guns and action heroines are common figures in popular cinema. Both ‘inherently violent’ in their unruly femininity, but also supposedly ‘incapable of aggression’ as women, female murderers’ troubling ontology has long been understood as a symptom of cultural ambivalence about gender.
This hypothesis is informed by a tendency to view the violent women as the purview of popular cinema. This presentation revisits the violent women to investigate how her subjectivity is produced in films such as Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003), Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009), Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994), and other films that circulate, both industrially and culturally, as ‘distinguished’ cinema.
Janice Loreck is a PhD Candidate with the Department of Film and Television Studies, Monash University. She has spoken at conferences here and abroad, and her work has appeared in M/C.