The Not so Subtle Subtext
In The Not so Subtle Subtext, Sarah Rotella examines TV series Xena: Warrior Princess to see if there might be a subliminal love story between the two figures of Xena and Gabrielle. The director has re-edited scenes from the existing series into five new units that draw attention to the subtext of the series. Without confirming or denying the relationship between the two, the film adds meaning by repeating glances and specific sentences. Despite the neutral stance of the film, the passionate reactions of the audience, even ten years after the series has ended, prove that it conveys more than just a subtext.
Sarah Rotella is a Toronto based filmmaker. She graduated from Humber College’s Film and Television Production program in 2008 and is currently completing her BFA in the Integrated Media program at OCAD University. Focusing on writing, directing, and animation, Sarah’s films have played across the globe. She currently works for the National Film Board of Canada.
Films by Sarah Rotella
L.U.G.S. 2010 | Monster in the Closet 2009 | My Lesbian Friend 2009