QUPID, 10min, Australia, Action/Romance
Directed by JE Flood
Kidnapped victim Roo must escape a wannabe Cupid before she is injected with an untested love syrum.
Human beings are sexual beings and when we repress this side of ourselves there are destructive consequences. But QUPID isn't a literal exploration of the issue. It functions as a fable, a warning against the detrimental impact of sexual repression.
Quentin (Paul Wilson) represents heteronormative society attempting to control and direct sexuality as a sy- ringe wielding Cupid. His antithesis is Roo (Sally Dulson), the story's hero, a woman who does not allow society to deny her sexuality, nor her sexuality de ne her.
The backdrop for Quentin's kidnappings is rural Australia, a setting heavy with ideas of tradition and somehow xed within our national psyche, despite the majority of Australians living in urban areas.
Although Australia is considered progressive on LGBTQI issues, correctional centres still operate in the country. these institutions provide "reparative therapy" for those who are supposedly suffering unwanted same-sex attraction. it is this delusion, equating homosexuality to a curable ailment, which first sparked the idea for a short film.
The consequences of Quentin's attempt to control and direct sexuality is worn by Dominic. He is no longer a man, just an embodiment of his sex and sexuality. He exists solely to dominate Roo, without an identity. He is a warning against the detrimental impact of sexual repression.