Queer As Films Session 8 - KINSEY

01 July 2009

(2004, Directed by Bill Condon)

A professor of zoology (insect biology), Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), understands bugs but not himself. Finally marrying, he and his wife Clara McMillen (Laura Linney) discover that sexuality is more than watching bugs "do it".

He find himself stumped when asked by newly-wed students about an aspect of human sexual behaviour. His scientific credibility is then brought to the study of sexuality, initially by analysing a questionaire given to his students. His wife suggests that the students might lie on a questionaire, but be truthful if interviewed in person. Kinsey sets out to interview his students then later many thousands of people across America using a team of researchers from Indiana University, under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The 1940/50s McCarthyism creates fear, uncertainty and doubt in many regarding the study, including the Foundation and the University. Nevertheless, the resulting books on male sexuality (1948) and later female sexuality (1953), revolutionise how sex is perceived; and, the work laid the
ground for the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. During this, Kinsey and his team discover the wide range of 'acceptable' sexual behaviour, and their own sexual freedom - sometimes to their dismay.

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Date: Sun 5 July, 2009

Time: 3pm

Venue: The Annexe Gallery, 2nd Flr, Central Market Annexe, KL

Admission: FREE!

Enquiries: 03 4044 4611 (PT Foundation), 03 2070 1137 (The Annexe Gallery)

This is a private event - by invitation only - which will be checked against a register at the door.

Please email to register for this event: queerasfilms@ptfmalaysia.org

Include your name, age, and who you are bringing along, if any.

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