"Immortal, Invisible: Lesbians and the Moving Image" is the first collection to bring together leading film-makers, academics and activists to discuss films by, for and about lesbians and queer women.
The contributors debate the practice of lesbian and queer film-making, from the queer cinema of Monika Treut to the work of lesbian film-makers Andrea Weiss and Greta Schiller. They explore the pleasures and problems of lesbian spectatorship, both in mainstream Hollywood films including "Aliens" and "Red Sonja," and in independent cinema from "She" "Must Be Seeing Things" to "Salmonberries" and "Desert Hearts."
The authors tackle tricky questions: Can a film such as "Strictly Ballroom" be both pleasurably camp and heterosexist? Is it OK to drool over dyke iconsw like Sigourney Weaver and kd lang? What makes a film lesbian, or queer, or even post-queer? What about showing sex on screen? And why do lesbian screen romances hardly ever have happy endings?
"Immortal, Invisible" is splendidly illustrated with a selection of images from film and television texts, and will a significant contribution to the areas of queer theory and film studies.
"This timely collection illustrates the richness of contemporary lesbian thought. Brilliantly negotiating and opening up a new space within and between feminist and queer theory, it illuminates not just the lesbian representations of recent years, but the centrality of lesbianism to all film images. Encompassing production and reception as well the films in their own right, the whole collection is characterized by clarity and sophistication of thought, enthusiasm and pleasure in film and inspiring intellectual energy.."
-Richard Dyer, author of "Now You See It
..."this work is invaluable for any theatre or film scholar grappling with questions surrounding queer studies and feminism and the position of a lesbian subject within each theoretical and political construct...adds some interesting new voices to the conversation about queerness, feminism, and representation.."
-"Theatre Insight, Jules Odendahl
..."a rich group of essays that together makes a substantial contribution to a greatly underaddressed area in film studies, and indeed in theoretical circles at large.."
-"Journal of the History of Sexuality