film screening/seminar: 'Hysterical Masculinity, Voice, Otherness and the Cartoon Villain', with film director Richard Squires and producer Abigail Addison
A joint event with Film Studies. Refreshments. All are welcome. Please register if you would like to attend.
This special event will include a screening of the new film 'Doozy', which had its world premiere at the BFI Film Festival in Oct 2018. It will be followed by a discussion with the director, Richard Squires and producer Abigail Addison, and Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright (Warwick, Film Studies).
Clovis, a newly created animated antihero, is on the trail of the American actor who was cast as the wiliest of Hanna-Barbera cartoon villains in the late 1960s. Through re-enactments, expert opinions, personal biography and some musical numbers, the film exposes the relationship between villainy and hysterical male laughter, where the voice is used to indicate wickedness, non-acceptance and the crazed symbiosis of character and actor. This film delves deep into hidden Hollywood and the suppression of its queer stories, and ultimately celebrates a tragic talent much-loved across generations. You can watch a trailer here.