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Performativity on the Margin - Pornography: The Musical (2003).

Brylla, C., 2018. Performativity on the Margin - Pornography: The Musical (2003). Film studies, 18 (1), 70 - 83.

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DOI: 10.7227/FS.18.0005


Brian Hill’s musical documentaries embody the essence of Judith Butler’s notion of ‘performativity’ as the discourse used in identity formation. By asking his characters to sing their stories in addition to traditional interviews, Hill creates multiple screen identities, which elicits an embodied intimacy that is as much about freeing marginalised people to enact themselves in front of the camera as it is about revealing the director’s own performance. This article uses a cognitive framework to explore how Hill’s documentary, Pornography: The Musical (2003), leads the spectator to challenge existing social stereotypes of sex workers, as well as schematic ideas about traditional documentary form and function.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Documentary; performativity; stereotypes; musical; cognitive theory; spectatorship
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:33030
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:12 Nov 2019 10:09
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:18


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