Aitken and Lukinbeal - Queen of the Desert
Okay, Queen of the Desert is a movie about 3 guys/gals with different sexual preferences. All these three people are in the drag show business. And one day they decide to leave their so-called "safe" home Sydney and travel around the rural areas where they find many people who are not willing to accept them for what they are and very few people who are open enough to accept them. In ways, i agree and disagree with the article by Aitken & Lukinbeal.
I disagree because although these three characters might seem weak, they are strong and willing enough to go out and try out the small rural areas. they are willing to take this risky adventure even if there are chances of danger to their life.
I agree with the article that the road is in a way also controlled by the so-called more dominated straight male. However, if you further compare this film with Easy Rider, even the two protagonist faced unacceptance even when they were two straight guys. I think the road is very closed-minded depending on the culture. Anything that seems to be against the culture, not part of culture, or just plainly simply looks different or weird are not accepted by the road and the people who live around that road.
One thing that I liked about this film is that it shows that people react to certain differences based on how they are actually brought up. For example, depending on how open your family is to other races, sexes, or etc. you are most likely to behave that way. In Queen of the Desert, Tick son has been taught by his mother to be more open towards the drag. The son has seen many other drag shows hosted by his mother. so, he is more open to these kind of people. Therefore, even when Tick is worried sick about explaining his work or sex to his son, the son understands what his dad is and is rather happy for his dad for what he is. So, this is a lesson that this movie actually teaches us. Also, the character Bob who is very kind and willing to help these three guys not only with the truck, but also from sexual molestation, Bob seems very open to these three guys. And i think that's because he is more open to other culture and races. For example, his wife is an asian. So, he is more accepting, while his other friends are not.
(it looks like I forgot to publish the blog. I am sorry that it's rather quite late. But, I didn't notice it until now. )