The SEX theme events ran from January to March 2016 and illustrated and questioned the extent to which our sexual identities affect our interpretation and experience of the world.
Introduction by Dr Andrew Moor, Reader in Cinema History, Humanities Research Centre
"It is within human culture and interaction – the stuff of the Humanities– that our ideas about sexual roles, acts and identities are forged and policed. This is also where those ideas are rejected, resisted and subverted. We live in an era when dominant ideas about straightness are under review. So much of our language for talking about the pleasures and politics of sex has developed among lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and trans communities, and so our programme also looks at what the increased visibility of these groups can teach us all.
For over a century, the movies have channelled our desires and taught us how to be men, women and children, to the extent that much commercial cinema has been an engine designed to produce heterosexual couples. Yet throughout this powerful world of image narrative and sound, other positions have found a place. Documentarists have pointed their cameras at what were invisible, silent subjects, letting them tell their own stories, and placing them centre-screen, while queer film festivals have provided physical spaces for new social groupings to emerge. Hence there was a distinctly cinematic flavour to our Sex Programme, and we hope you will find our exploration provocative, inclusive and entertaining."
Andrew Moor is Reader in Cinema History at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he chiefly researches all aspects of LGBTQ cinema history (and LGBTQ Studies more widely), and British cinema history. His chief area of interest was originally the work of Powell and Pressburger and emerging from this he has a wider interest in British, transnational and cross-cultural film, with a particular emphasis on the work of exiles. More recently, he has focused on gay (and queer) cinema. He has written various chapters and articles on gay/queer film culture and his forthcoming monograph on LGBTQ cinema will be published by I. B. Tauris (London, 2018).