Tropfest is one of Australia’s largest and most influential cultural events. Thousands gather across the country to celebrate Australian creativity through filmmaking each year. The competition also acts as a litmus test of what issues have dominated the Australian psyche over the previous year. It’s not uncommon to see films that tap into hot topics – often forcing us to challenge our perspective on a cultural or community issue.
Unfortunately this year’s winner ‘Bamboozled’ shows us we have a long way to go in regards to sex, gender and sexuality in our community. The winning film follows a young man’s surprise encounter with an old girlfriend who (surprise!) has had a sex change and now lives as a man. The film then follows a drunken night ending in a twist where (surprise!) the main character has been tricked into sex with a man as part of a television “gotcha” program.
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