Macquarie University

Film Screening and Discussion of Kamikaze Girls (下妻物語), together with Cosplay/Japanese Street Fashion Contest

Art & Culture

Together with our partners at the Australia-Japan Society of NSW, the Japanese Program and Discipline of Languages and Cultures at Macquarie University would like to propose a combined film-screening, discussion panel, and audience-focussed cosplay/Japanese street fashion contest for inclusion in the Japanaroo festival of events.
Primarily targeting the Macquarie University community and interested members of the public (chiefly in the City of Ryde), the event aims to highlight Australia-Japan relations through the celebration of Japanese pop culture fandom in Australia. The event will complement Macquarie University’s extensive teaching and research focus on understanding Japanese media fandom as key to developing sophisticated inter-cultural communicative competence and Japan expertise among our Japanese Studies graduates.

The event will focus on a screening of the 2004 film Kamikaze Girls (下妻物語) which will be followed by a panel discussion discussing cosplay and Japanese street fashion fandom in Australia.

Attendees will be encouraged to come dressed in cosplay or Japanese street fashion (such as Lolita, ageha, etc) and a modest prize of a Kinokuniya Book Voucher funded by members of the Japanese Studies department will be awarded to the most impressive costume and most impressive street fashion costume. A photo space will be established where audience members may have professional photos taken of their costumes prior to the commencement and conclusion of the film screening.