"A sensitive touch to a button-pushing topic... this film is a rare gem."
- Shannon Ridler, Movie Moxie
"A startling piece of transformation... a subversion of homosexual stereotypes."
- Kevin Harper, Exclaim!


     What is masculinity? What is it to be a man? How do these terms apply to the homosexual identity? In reaction to homophobic behaviour observed among gay men, the artist criticizes how gays are often dismissed for being too "effeminate," too "flamboyant" or not "straight-acting" enough.

     In Made Up, a gay man speaks of his physical preferences in men. What appears to be an objective interview is revealed to be social critique as the images show the man's physical appearance gradually changing to contradict the narrative being told. Through manipulations of both sound and image, the video demonstrates how social constructs like "masculinity" are built and how they can be deconstructed.

     Technical Information

running time: 4 min 20 sec
year: 2008
country: Canada
original format: miniDV
genre: experimental, video art
subject: masculinity, identity
language: English
video: colour
aspect ratio: 4:3
sound: stereo


written and performed by:
     Owen Eric Wood
camera and editing by:
     Owen Eric Wood
makeup by:
     Sebastien Ouellet
distributed by:
thanks to:
     Vincent Chine and
     Eric Johnston



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