When I watch queer movies I have the tendency to assume one or more of the main characters has a sexuality that differs from heterosexuality. When watching Heavenly Creatures I kept thinking there was going to be this big scene where the girls professed their love for each other and then would be dating or sexually intimate to the point where their relationship wouldn't be doubted any longer. I definitely think that them being heterosexual detracted from the films queerness. It made me wonder why the film was even considered queer. Their relationship was possessive, obsessive, irrational and clearly abnormal but I don't think I would give it the label as queer. I wouldn't necessarily say that Female Trouble has a larger queer fan base just because the director is queer. The reason why I say that is because a lot of people, myself included, rarely know who directed the film - let alone their sexuality. I think Female Trouble may have a larger queer fan base just because queerness and sexuality is more easily depicted from the film as well as the characters talking about it more. On the contrary I do believe that if a films agenda is to come across as queer and there is a queer director, than that film will most likely either portray more accurate queer lives or the film will just reek queer in ways other than people would think (such as excessive) compared to being produced by a straight director who would most likely make the film based on stereotypes. I also think that the diary entries were shown to the extreme whereas in actuality I'm sure their relationship and moods were not as intense as the film made it seem to be.
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