Revolver's Kim Gehrig directs new film 'You Think You're A Man' - a take on Australian masculinity

YTYAM00001.jpgDirector Kim Gehrig's new project 'You Think You're A Man', which explores Australian masculinity, was produced by Revolver & Somesuch.

Divine's 'You Think You're A Man' is one of the most misunderstood songs of the 80s. Written by a drag artist and designed as an attack on toxic masculinity, it became embraced as an Australian drinking song by a generation of lads immersed in heterosexual rugby league culture.

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YTYAM00002.jpgThe song bubbled up to the surface once more when director Kim Gehrig began reflecting on shifts in Australian identity, in particular the hardening - in everyYTYAM00003.jpg respect - of masculinity.

Says Gehrig: "Having grown up in Sydney, but residing in London, I couldn't help but notice the changing size of men on each of my visits back.

"Hanging at the beach I became aware of howYTYAM00004.jpg pumped up Aussie men had become. I continued to observe a culture of young men who seemed to feel a kind of pressure to conform somehow. To be something quite specific.

"Was it that they feltYTYAM00005.jpg they needed to be 'real men'. 'Real Aussie men'. And what did that even mean?"

Working on a short film, fellow Australian artist Kirin J Callinan agreed to cover Divine's song, adding a maudlin sense of mystique to 'YouYTYAM00006.jpg Think You're A Man'.

The film focuses on Australian beach culture; an attempt to observe and understand this shift. 

Says Gehrig: "As a woman, I felt it might be interesting to lend a female gaze to the subject matter and this  lm is the result of that. I was not interested however in placing judgement on anyone or blaming any one thing... I just wanted to try and understand how it feels to be a young boy growing up in a culture where there are such specific expectations on what it means to be a man."

Produced by Revolver + Somesuch
EP's: Michael Ritchie, Pip Smart, Tim Nash, Sally Campbell
Producer: Anna Mannix
DOP: Ryley Brown
Directors Assistant: Leilani Croucher
1st AD: Nikky Long
Stunts: Harry Dakanalis
Costume and Art Direction: Silvana Aziz Heras
Makeup: Holly Anderson
Editor: Elise Butt
Grade: Simon Bourne @ Framestore
Post: FIN Design & Effects
Casting: Citizen Jane Casting
Cast
Older Brad: Pepjin Jungslager
Teen Brad: Austen Hunt
Young Brad: Hugo Defina - Sperando

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