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When:

Thu 31 Jan 2013, 6:30pm

Where: Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Rd, St Kilda Road, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Homosexuality & homoeroticism in biblical stories that have been translated to the big screen!

Queer readings of the Bible in conjunction with EPIC! 100 years of film & the Bible exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

EPIC! 100 years of film & the Bible explores the fascination that filmmakers from all over the world have had with the Bible. This exhibition explores how filmmakers have been mining the Bible since the turn of last century for drama, exoticism and eroticism, taking audacious and creative liberties to heighten the sex, theatricality and violence implicit in the writings.

In the Hebrew Bible, we read of temptation and betrayal, tragedy and infidelity, as the roles of man and woman are fleshed out and the idea of gender is given biblical meaning.

Join Rebecca Forgasz and Roland Boer in a freewheeling conversation as they play with the fascinating and challenging ideas of homosexuality and homoeroticism that are found in various biblical stories that have been translated to the big screen!

Rebecca Forgasz is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia. She has been associated with the Museum for over a decade, curating five major temporary exhibitions, including: Women in the Bible: Tricksters, Victors & (M)others; and Diaspora: Homelands in Exile - photographs by Frederic Brenner. Rebecca completed a Masters in Jewish Studies at Oxford University in 2003, where she wrote a gender-bending dissertation on her biblical namesake, titled "Rebekah the Patriarch? Feminist and rabbinic readings of the biblical character Rebekah".

Roland Boer is Faculty Research Professor at The University of Newcastle. Apart from voyages by ship and riding his bicycle as far and as often as he can, he writes.

Among numerous works, he has recently published "Nick Cave: Love, Death and Apocalypse" (Equinox 2012) and "The Earthy Nature of the Bible: Fleshly Readings of Sex, Masculinity and Carnality" (Palgrave Macmillan 2012).