Having a heterosexual cast and director does little to detract from the storyline. I believe that queer cast members would know how to feel the emotions easier because it is mundane to them, but heterosexual cast members could act to portray this. This would make it easier for them to play the roles. I also think it is just as possible for queer actors to play "straight" roles and succeed at it. A lot depends on their ability to act and embody the role and emotions. However, when I think about how heterosexuals perceive the queer community based on what they have read or perceived on television, it is unsettling. I find it unsettling because I do not know what they think is right. There are so many different viewpoints on how the queer community behaves that it can sometimes be trying to get it right. I believe Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey did a good job at portraying what is deemed to be queer in the movie. My viewpoint is the same for Peter Jackson. However, it goes deeper here. There is so much at stake when directing a film (especially a queer film) and a director can change the feel and the focus of the movie with their course of action. When John Waters directed Female Trouble, he clearly allowed his viewpoints to play apart. By him doing this, he most likely tapped into a larger queer audience because they possibly picked up on small things he did in the movie. Most of the time though If you didn't tell the audience who was behind the movie directing and acting (queer people or not queer) most people wouldn't notice the difference. If you are a good actor and director the contrast should be hard to see. I think there is actually a bias when a movie is made from a heterosexual director sometimes because of their lack of understanding overall on all things queer. Peter went overboard with the excess and exhibited over jolly women running through the woods holding hands, screaming at high pitches and rolling around on the ground. These directors are on a mission to elevate their on viewpoints. I think like this because there is so much to incorporate to such storylines to be successful. When the directors are not queer, the movie tends to be aimed strongly in one way and fails to do a good job at mitigating the aspects that were not mentioned even if it goes against what is mainly being presented in the movie. I feel like I could go either way. I think that ultimately it wouldn't matter, but I can see where a heterosexual director and cast could get it wrong because of their lack of understanding and relation to the topic at hand.
Heavenly Creatures- Being Queer plays a role???
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