Scent of an Orchid follows the life of transgender Chinese actress Zoe and touches on issues of gender and racial identity. Following the screening, the panel will discuss subjects including fluidity of identity, conformity to racial stereotypes and racial identity in performance.
Rosa Fong, director of the film, says:
We are pleased to announce that Ebon Knee (John Campbell), a key contributor to the documentary will be joining us from London. She will be in conversation with us during the panel. Ebon Knee’s many personas have had a royal status in the drag revue scene of the 80s and 90s. She was a compare at the legendary Madame JoJo’s cabaret club in Soho and continues to be active in the media. Ebon Knee will bring a lively, immersive and experiential understanding of the fluidity of our identity.
Their conversation will consider racial identity in performance; conformity to racial stereotypes in contrast with characters that masquerade another ethnicity.
Rosa Fong is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director and Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University. Her recent practice-led research focuses on memory, displacement, identity and performativity. Rosa will be joined by Dr Jenny Barrett, Reader in Film Studies and Popular Culture, and Dr Elena Boschi, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies. Jenny has published widely in the areas of racial representation, genre and gender, and Elena’s research and practice primarily focuses on the role of popular music in the representation of sexuality, gender, and class in Italian, Spanish, and British cinema.
The event is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas themed around the topics of Identity and Belonging. Debates, talks, films, exhibitions, roundtables and performances make June a month full of events open to anyone interested in existential matters, from gender fluidity to technological classification.