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Far From Heaven

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clifton EversORCiD, James Davoll


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In 1997 Australian Indigenous artist Tracey Moffatt released a short film entitled Heaven. It inverted the white male colonial gaze directed at Indigenous women since colonisation. Moffatt compiles home video footage of fit young male surfers posing, surfing, and changing into and out of wetsuits. We pick up on this consideration from an older white male surfer perspective, one whose body is not hard but soft and vulnerable. For many such surfers the wetsuit is armour, advertised by companies through militaristic (its genesis) and cyborgian tropes. It is a ‘second-skin’ infused with histories of colonisation, a petrochemical industrial complex, and attendant wars. Polluted leisure is gendered, raced, colonial, and capitalist. White men-who-surf are 'far from heaven'.

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Author(s): Evers C, Davoll J

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Publisher: Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice

Place Published: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Type: Short film

Credits: A film by James Davoll and Clifton Evers

Notes: Honorable Mention at the Canada Short Film Festival Official selection Canada Shorts Film Festival, 2018.