SWINGIN’ - Same-sex parental issues combine with light-hearted comedy

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

郭尚興《輕鬆搖擺》---- 同志議題加入輕鬆喜劇元素

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Director Guo Shang-Sing received the award for Berlinale Talents in 2009 had recently directed SWINGIN’, a short film portraying a character who desires acknowledgment as a father in a same-sex relationship and his interaction with the child Qiu-Qiu.


Director Guo is fond of Steve Spielberg’s films, which usually involve a character who ‘desires the acknowledgment’; this gave me the idea of a character, Jiahao, the young father. Jiahao was deprived of acknowledgments throughout his childhood, resulting in his desire for acceptance in adulthood. The young boy, Qiu Qiu, growing up in a same-sex family, is without exception as he tries to prove to his friends by showing the stereotype of masculinity to his peers and desires for acceptance.


SWINGIN’ illustrates same-sex topics through the lens of light-hearted and joyful perspective. When Guo first commenced the production of this film, Taiwan was yet to pass the legislation for same-sex marriage. For Guo, the nakedness of publicizing issues of sex and sexual orientations is very much like the horrors of a thriller film. Hence during the early period of production, there were many nail-biting elements in the film. Until 2019 as the high court of Taiwan finally announced the legalization of same-sex marriage, the change of the environment had granted new hope for the younger generation. This had indeed lessened Guo’s anxiety, which resulted in a revision of the film and naturally incorporated perky aspects of comedy.


Guo remarked that SWINGIN’ is a short film depicting the image of fathers. The image of the fathers from same-sex couples portrays that they could give equal love to the child while respecting the individuality of themselves and the child. This differs from the conventional image of an authoritative father figure who controls the freedom of the children. Guo hopes to see such a change of dynamics in the parent-children relationship in both hetero and same-sex families.


SWINGIN’ will be streaming on demand at Taiwan Film Festival in Australia from 16-30 September.

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曾獲選柏林影展新銳導演郭尚興的最新短片作品《輕鬆搖擺》,描述了同志家庭中渴望父親角色獲得認同的小爸爸家豪與兒子球球之間的親子關係。


對於人物設定,導演郭尚興表示自己很喜歡好萊塢導演史蒂芬史匹柏的電影中總有個「渴望被肯定」的角色,並將這樣的角色設定投射在《輕鬆搖擺》裡的小爸爸家豪。小爸爸家豪的童年成長過程中缺乏認同,導致長大成人的他依然渴望得到別人的肯定,在同志家庭中長大的球球也不例外,試著在同儕之中證明自己的性向,獲得大家的認可。兩個平行事件讓家豪和球球對自我認同有了不一樣的認知。

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擺脫以往同志議題影視作品的沈重感,《輕鬆搖擺》以喜劇、歡樂的形式呈現。郭尚興分享自己剛開始創作這部短片於台灣同婚合法尚未通過之前,對他而言,將性與性取向關乎於個人身體的事情被赤裸裸公開爭論的行為,有如恐怖片一樣驚悚,所以初期製作中多了份驚悚的電影元素。直到2019年台灣最高法院釋憲宣告同婚自由後,環境改變帶給了年輕一代新希望,才削減了導演心中的焦慮,作品經過修改後,自然而然多了輕鬆的喜劇元素。


導演郭尚興也提及《輕鬆搖擺》是部描寫父親形象的短片,劇中角色設定描繪出同志父親的樣貌,不僅能給予孩子同等的愛,也能尊重自己與孩子之間的個體性,有別於過往父親控制孩子身體自由的傳統形象。導演也期許未來不論是在異性戀或是同性戀的家庭中都能看見越來越多這樣的親子關係。


《輕鬆搖擺》將於 9 月 16 日至 30 日在線上放映。

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