Event Preview: Nanette Screening

Our third event this term is a screening of the 2018 production, Nanette. The afternoon will include both a screening and a follow-up discussion. You are free to attend some or all of the session, with the schedule as follows:

Wednesday 5th February (week 5): Nanette Screening & Discussion

  • 2-3:30pm – S0.18 – Introduction and screening of Nanette
  • 3:30-4pm – S0.18 – Break
  • 4-5:30pm – S0.20 – Panel discussion and Q & A

Nanette is available on Netflix, so you can watch it in advance if you wish.

Hannah Gadsby, from Tasmania, is an Australian comedian. In 2006, she won the Raw Comedy competition for new comedians and has gained international prominence since the film release of a performance of her show Nanette in 2018.

“In her hilarious debut Netflix Original stand-up special, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, comedian Hannah Gadsby gets up close and personal about her life and growing up gay on the small island of Tasmania. Recently hailed by the New York Times as a “major new voice in comedy,” Hannah keeps her audience at the Sydney Opera House laughing with her sharp observations as she takes aim at everything from pride parades, unsolicited opinions and the whole history of art before she turns her punchlines into sucker punches, silencing the laughs and flipping the art of comedy completely on its head.”

The post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Sharon Lockyer (Brunel), Joseph Harrison (PhD Candidate, Film and TV, Warwick), and Amy Zala (PhD Candidate, Sociology, Leicester).

Sharon is a Reader in Sociology & Communications at Brunel. She researches mediated culture, critical comedy studies, media controversies and media representations with a particular interest in instances where humour and comedy excite social tension and moral controversy. Sharon also directs Brunel’s Centre for Comedy Studies Research.

Joe’s PhD project, ‘Too Gay for Broadcast: Digital Content Streaming and the Queering of Television’, examines the role queer programming has in television’s most recent augmentation: digital content streaming. He investigates whether digital content streaming is an example of queer disruption or further evidence of the assimilation of queers within the corporatist, heterosexist, patriarchal and de-racialised hegemony.

Amy is interested in all things relating to sexuality and spaces. Previously, she has explored institutional framings and responses to sexual violence at the University of Leicester, and the socio-spatial dynamics of Pride in Hull 2018. Currently, she is researching queer nightlife spaces in Leicester, with a focus on LGBTQ+ identity construction, political mobilisation, and consumption as well with resistances and negotiations of unwanted sexual attention in these spaces of the night-time economy.

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