EVENT: Queer Indeed
VENUE: The Laneway Art Space
ADDRESS: 148A Barkly St, St Kilda
DATE: Sunday 30th October 2018
TIME: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
COST: $30 plus booking fee
Join us for an evening of conversation with Brenton Geyer and Geoffrey Williams, Founding Artistic Director of The Laneway Artspace and the St Kilda Writers Centre, followed by a Q&A. Your ticket to ‘Queer, indeed’ includes VIP access to ‘The End’ – our invitation-only St Kilda Writers Week Closing Night Party.
Brenton Geyer is a 54-year-old Melburnian who is accomplished in the arts and cultural industries with diverse and acclaimed achievements in the art of writing and storytelling. He is currently producing an autobiographical feature length film that tells the story of his life as a drag queen through the 1990s. His storytelling ability has captured the imagination of a number of corporate and community-based organisations who engage him to tell their stories through a variety of media. In addition to writing to earn a living, Brenton likes to spend time in small dark bars in respectful observance of the demi-monde.
Geyer has spent the last ten years detailing what was to be his memoir of a low life in high heels, but recently came to the realisation that the story could not be told on the scale it needed to be via the medium of the printed page. And so, a movie was born! Hours of recorded conversation and pages of late night scrawl have gone into the development of what will now become his autobiographical epic, entitled ‘120 Days of Stella’, a big screen depiction of bright nights spent in dark corners – a crash and burn approach to the world of drag as witnessed by Geyer from very close up.
“A lot of people compartmentalise their lives so as to live life in a series of silos,’ says Brenton. “This is something I have never been able to do, nor sought to do. I’ve mostly lived my life like an open book, where as the pages are turned, my story is revealed, without secrecy, without shame and often without my control. There is no plot, nor any chapters, for this would assume some sort of life plan. I’d like to think that at whatever page you fall upon, there’d be something revealing, something provoking or something shocking. This is how I tell the story of my life. No compartments, no barriers, no hesitation.”
“Growing up in a small country town in the mid-north of country South Australia in the 1960s and 70s I always felt I’d been dealt a backward blow, a dud hand, a raw deal. As a boy who had zero interest in football, cricket or sport of any kind for that matter, I stood out in the most impractical way. To add to that, my obvious effeminate nature pigeonholed me as a queer. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have complained. The label proved to be a fabulous fit for me. Queer, indeed, did I turn out to be.”
Photography courtesy Kris Darmody. © 2018.
Strictly limited capacity, and bookings are essential.