Deconstructing Zoe has an important message to us all, that gender is not fixed or binary, but for some is a spectrum and that at any one time we can be gender queer and sexually fluid

Deconstructing Zoe has an important message to us all, that gender is not fixed or binary, but for some is a spectrum and that at any one time we can be gender queer and sexually fluid

Edge Hill University will host the regional premiere screening of ground-breaking transgender film Deconstructing Zoe on Wednesday 11th May.

The film follows transgender actor Zoe from boyhood in a small Malaysian town, to the West-end stage via the ‘trans’ scene of London. The film is an exploration of gender, race and sexuality, seen through Zoe’s eyes.

The screening will include a questions and answer session with Zoe, the subject of the film, as well as an in discussion session with the film’s director Rosa Fong, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television in the Department of Media at Edge Hill University.

Deconstructing Zoe sees interviews interwoven with performances from Zoe’s semi-autobiographical play An Occasional Orchid – the orchid being a common metaphor of the West’s perception of Asian women being seen as exotic, beautiful and desirable.

Professor Roger Shannon, organiser of the screening and Director of Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise said:

“Rosa Fong’s documentary is not only a very timely filmic investigation into this topical subject of gender fluidity, bringing insights and greater awareness, but it is also a testament to the University’s ability to keep its finger on the pulse of public discussion.”

The performance pieces echo the experience of transgendered people, who Zoe says often live a twilight existence. Deconstructing Zoe has an important message to us all, that gender is not fixed or binary, but for some is a spectrum and that at any one time we can be gender queer and sexually fluid.

The film has been selected to play at the Seattle transgender film festival Translations in mid May. Translations is a ground-breaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the  transgender community.

Deconstructing Zoe will air at Edge Hill University on Wednesday 11th May at Edge Hill University’s Creative Edge. Bookings can be made by clicking here

Event Programme:
6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Film Screening
7.30pm Q&A Session
8.15pm Refreshments and Networking

Rosa Fong is an award winning writer/director with over 15 years’ experience working in the film and television industry, winning awards from the British Film Institute and Arts Council of England. She has directed programmes for both the BBC and Channel 4, worked in Hong Kong as a commercials director and directed music videos for MTV and Partizan.

Rosa Fong will be joined in discussion about the film and its themes by Dr Felicia Chan, from screen studies at the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Felicia is the co-editor of Genre in Asian Film and Television, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

I C E is one of the University’s three research Institutes, fulfilling the role of connecting the university and its research to the creative industries

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