Contemporary Film

As I prepare my book chapter on Johansson (for an edited collection dedicated to the actress), I can’t help but swoon when I watch her various roles and hear her occasional semi-inspiring words (while knowingly getting mocked over them – see the comments in the below). Her recent interview also helps me fall deeper into my recurring daydream of bumping into her on the street and striking up conversation.
Perhaps I could somehow send her my essay? Nothing says “I’m into you” like an academic essay that only well-read folks in film theory could understand.
Indeed, what is the relationship between the study of a star and the author themselves? Christian Metz advised that film-philosophers should remove themselves from their love of cinema when penning their studies. Yet, Johansson’s interview doesn’t help this star-struck author.
I remember the star making similar comments about relationships a few years ago. Do I have a long-standing interest in Johansson because of her romantic views, or does my academic and cinephilic appreciation of her precede our (somewhat) shared approach to non-traditional relationships?
2014, Canada, 82 minutes, Rated 14A
Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street
Thursday, February 25, 8PM
FREE and open to the public
Bruce LaBruce will be in attendance for a Q&A

The fact that “Gerontophilia” is immediately palatable is what makes its creators’ perspective that much more inviting. This is a comedy that encourages viewers to be impulsive, and pointedly seek love and acceptance outside of “normal” social institutions, especially when it comes to family and romance. It’s about cherishing impulsivity over introspection, and amassing life experiences without fear of negative consequences.

“Gerontophilia” is enjoyable because it has softer edges that do nothing to diminish its hard core. It’s an inclusive comedy that is also radical in its insistence that you don’t need to distinguish between what your head and your groin want.
(Simon Abrams,



Senior Common Room, Scott House
Traill College, 310 London Street
Friday, February 26, 10AM
FREE and open to the public
A bevy of snacks and beverages will be provided by BE Catering

LaBruce will discuss his extensive work in Canadian cinema, the transition from celluloid to digital, social media tactics, and the role of pornography in his films.


Generously supported by Trent Film Society, Traill College, Canadian Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, English Literature, and Cultural Studies (Trent University), Trent Queer Collective, Peterborough Pride, Trent Graduate Student Association, and BE Catering