White Out: Art x Anthrology Film Collaboration: Make up Men and Boy Daughters in Japan

Sharon Kinsella (Producer)

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This is an art film of approximately 60 mins in length, which I have been researching and directing with film-maker collaborator, David Panos, over the 2010s, from 2013 Summer to 2018 Summer. It will be screened in art galleries as part of an exhibition and accompanied by an academic text forming the main part of the accompanying exhibition catalogue. This film is supported with many interviews with the intelligentsia, feminist Sociologists, and comic critics commenting on gender and power in Japan in the 2010s. The film explores the rise of a new subculture of young men (variably identified as otoko no ko, kesho danshi, or josoko) crossdressing as girls, but often distinguishing themselves from LGBT cultures and stating that they are heterosexual and even using a bloke-ish appeal. This film traces the centrality of gender division and the ubiquity of energetic girl models across the city landscape, as a means to gently explore and uncover the complex state of masculine feelings and politics in the context of the 2010s.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size1 hour
Publication statusIn preparation - Aug 2018
EventPV of the film with Q&A with director/producer Sharon Kinsella - Sheffield
Duration: 6 Sept 2018 → …


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