Are You Still Watching? continues its award-winning journey around the world. The short animation that I wrote and directed recently screened in competition at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Edinburgh Film Festival, Outfest amongst others.
Jamie is a 20 something year old non-binary person living in Melbourne. They’re whip-smart, creative and have an encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema and pop culture. They’re also single, bored and perpetually horny.
Forced into near-isolation during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown, Jamie keeps themselves entertained bingeing on queer film and TV. What begins as mere escapism turns sensual when they start having sexual delusions involving their favourite queer characters. Fantasy and reality merge as they recount their erotic encounters to their physician Dr. Holland and receive an unusual diagnosis.
Are You Still Watching? explores the emancipatory power of the queer imagination, combining erotic fan fiction tropes, magical realism and a firm camp sensibility.
Created & produced by: Sissy Screens
Directed by: Tali Polichtuk, Alex Cardy & Kitty Chrystal
Produced by: Alexandra George
Written by: Tali Polichtuk
Cinematography by: Alex Cardy
Art Director & Character Design by: Kitty Chrystal
Cityscape Artist & Animation by: Sorcha Mackenzie
Backgrounds, Colour & Animation by: Adam Price
Sound Supervisor & Mix by: Jennifer Leonforte
Music Composition by: Stellar Ruby Marshall
Sound Edited by: Lachlan Harris
Jamie: Zoe Terakes
Dr Holland: Frances J Clark
Victorian Premier Porter: Liz Esguerra
Adèle Bready Lady, Nurse Sarah & Léa: Kassie Junkeer
Femme Power Top: Eugene Howard
Special Thanks To:
Thought & Found
This film was made possible by support from Melbourne Queer Film Festival & Creative Victoria.