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Centre for Gender Studies

'Queen of the Desert' Film Screening and Director's Q+A

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
The film will be followed by the Q & A session with Director Alex Kelly

Date: 4 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT, formerly G2)

Type of Event: Film

This award-winning half-hour documentary follows Starlady, a trans woman who has been working in remote Australian communities for over 10 years, as she travels across the Northern Territory to run hair salons with young Aboriginal people.

'Not only has she got pink hair extensions, painted on eyebrows and superman hotpants, Starlady’s a youth worker in some of Australia’s most remote places. Using an unusual set of tools this flamboyant hairdresser spends her time travelling thousands of kilometres across the desert. This time she’s heading to Areyonga, an indigenous community in Central Australia, to work with isolated and sometimes shy teenagers. She’ll use a bit of bleach and a whole lot of colour in the hope of spreading confidence and pride. But in this makeshift salon Starlady also finds acceptance and friendship in what some might see as an unlikely place.'

Starlady with young women from Areyonga (Olivia, Anthea, Caitlin, Chantel) © 360 Degree Film

Starlady with young women from Areyonga (Olivia, Anthea, Caitlin, Chantel) © 360 Degree Film

Event proudly presented by SOAS Centre for Gender Studies in collaboration with SOAS Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law. The film will be followed by a Q and A session with Director Alex Kelly.

This event is free and open to the public. The room is accessible but please contact Sarah Keenan on sk128@soas.ac.uk if you have specific accessibility enquiries.

Organiser: Sarah Keenan

Contact email: sk128@soas.ac.uk