A collaboration with DJ Stephen Allkins, Boytown samples the imagery and music of several narrative video clips of the 1980s. It deals with growing up gay in the suburbs and the desire to escape elsewhere. Boytown ostensibly remakes Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy, a seminal music video as it was one of the first to openly depict the queer experience of leaving an unhappy suburban home for the lure of gay city life.
Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre for the exhibition Transmission, curated by Carrie Miller and Matthew Hindson.
HD single channel video with sound, 5:19 min
Conceived by Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Stephen Allkins
Cast: Fabian McCallum, Dione Bilsborough, Emma Campbell, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Stephen Allkins
Camera: Don Cameron
Editor: Vera Hong
Production stills: Susannah Wimberley, Catherine White
Music engineer: James Atherton
Music samples: Man Overboard by Do-Ré-Mi; Ghost Town by The Specials; Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat; Breakaway by Big Pig;
Heaven (Must Be There) by The Eurogliders; Running up that Hill by Kate Bush
Transmission, curated by Carrie Miller & Matthew Hindson, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 8 June - 5 August 2012
Going Nowhere, curated by Kyle Weise & Simone Hine, Boxcopy, 15-17 March 2013
Boytown, Screen Space, 16 May - 1 June 2013
Video Stage, curated by Paul Greenaway, Art Stage Singapore, 22-25 January 2015
Pedro de Almeida, Pump up the Volume, Runway, issue 22, 2012