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Thomas Banks' Quest for Love

posted on 2024-06-18, 03:58 authored by SHANNON OWENSHANNON OWEN, Phoebe Hart
Thomas Banks' Quest for Love is an intimate documentary about a young gay guy with cerebral palsy who is on a quest to find true love. He looks for love in all the wrong places and struggles to find someone who will commit. Will he learn to love himself by opening night?


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  • Original Creative Work

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  • Original Creative Work : Other


Brisbane, Australia


Stan (streaming service)

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Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival, Antennae Documentary Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival

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Documentary Film

Research Statement

This half hour documentary film explores the role of performance as it relates to the documentary participant. The film centres on Thomas Banks, a young gay with cerebral palsy, and his quest for love in the age of on-line dating. Thomas' layers of identity – gay man, playwright, activist, son, are explored both stylistically and narratively within the film to highlight the multiple modes of performed identity within a documentary participant. Using a blend of scripted and unscripted filmmaking techniques to build an affecting and authentic portrait of Thomas' desperate search for love. The film offers an innovative rendering of the hybrid documentary form that has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last decade. The film been awarded Best Short Film at Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival 2019, Audience Award for Best Short at Melbourne Queer Film festival 2019, Special Mention Award at Antennae Documentary Film Festival (2019), Nominated for an Iris Prize (2019). The film has been selected to screen at numerous film festivals including an international premiere at Frameline (2019). Streaming on Stan Australia.

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30min 29sec


Shannon Owen, University of Melbourne

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