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Activism and Radicalism from the AIDS Crisis to Today

Activism and Radicalism from the AIDS Crisis to Today


February 25th 2018

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


245 Wilson St

Eveleigh NSW 2015


Wheelchair Accessible
Auslan Interpreted Performances

Conversations inspired by the stories told in the film BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo

Moderated by Nell Schofield, with panelists Philippe Mangeot, Maxime Forest, Bridget Haire and Lyle Chan, and musical performance by the Acacia Quartet.

When the AIDS crisis hit, LGBTQI communities around the world were changed forever. Groups like ActUp! mobilized themselves with radical tactics to fight for our lives against hostile attitudes and governments. This panel will bring together Australian and French perspectives on the AIDS crisis, and how the lasting effects of AIDS activism is still felt today in fighting for the rights of all LGBTQI people.

This panel will feature the co-screenwriter of BPM (Beats Per Minute) Philippe Mangeot sharing some key scenes from the film and recounting his own experience as President of ActUp! Paris in the 90s.

The Acacia Quartet will also feature and perform live, playing an excerpt of Lyle Chan’s work, the AIDS Memoir Quartet, a musical reflection on Chan’s experience as an activist during the crisis.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) will be screening at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival and the Mardi Gras Film Festival. 

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screenings are here, and the Mardi Gras Film Festival screening is here.

This panel is proudly presented in partnership with the French Embassy and the Alliance Française French Film Festival, with the support of the Institut Français. The talk is part of the French Australian Conversations series.


Nell Schofield

Nell is an actor turned activist whose passion is bringing the creative sector and the environment movement together.

She works with the Sunrise Project and produced and directed the film ‘Guarding the Galilee’ about Adani’s future frying Carmichael coal mine. She its currently working on its sequel. She has also worked as Senior Project Manager for Solar Citizens, and helped spearhead the Land Water Future campaign in NSW as Sydney Coordinator with Lock the Gate.

In 2007, Nell trained with Al Gore as one of his Climate Leaders and has worked in the Office of the Lord Mayor of Sydney on local government issues. She has also worked as a presenter with ABC TV, Showtime, CNN and Channel 9, and as a broadcaster with Radio National. 


Philippe Mangeot

Philippe Mangeot learned of his HIV status in 1986, a few months after joining the École Normale Supérieure. His future unsure, he continued his studies in literature, which he currently teaches in preparatory classes for the grandes écoles. In 1990, he joined Act Up, which had just been created in Paris, where he held many positions before becoming president between 1997 and 1999. Act Up constituted for him his most crucial intellectual training. It was this that led him to participate in the creation, in 1996, of the journal Vacarme, of which he was editor-in-chief, and to deepen a theoretical reflection on minority and non-governmental policies. However, he has not stopped paying attention to cultural issues, as a columnist for France Culture and the Cahiers du cinéma. He collaborated on the screenplay for Mario Fanfani's Les Nuits d'été (2015) - his companion at the time - and then co-wrote BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo. Throughout 2018, he will be the guest of the Centre Pompidou to work on the development of a contemporary Treatise on Passions.

Maxime Forest

Maxime Forest, PhD, is a senior associate researcher and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris (CEVIPOF). His research interests include the politics of gender equality, anti-discrimination and intersectionality from a comparative perspective.  He authored and co-edited books, chapters and articles and international peer-reviewed journals and publishers. His latest book, co-edited with Bronwyn Winter and Réjane Sénac, was released in December, 2017 in Palgrave's new Queer Politics series, called Global Perspective on Same-Sex Marriage.  Among his most recent publications are The Politics of Feminist Knowledge Transfer, Gender Training and Gender Expertise, and The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies: A Discursive-Sociological Approach. Maxime Forest was appointed an executive member of the French High Gender Equality Council in 2013 and again in 2016, and is regularly consulted by French and EU institutions on issues relevant to gender equality and anti-discrimination policies.

Bridget Haire

Bridget Haire is an NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute, and lectures in public health and medical ethics. Bridget is also the President of Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). Bridget has worked in HIV and sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 years as a journalist, editor, policy analyst and advocate. Bridget is a member of the Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Diseases, the African-led Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium, and a former consultant for the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Co-operation Program on sexual and reproductive health rights for the Australian Human Rights Commission. She also served on the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the South African HIV prevention study CAPRISA 008 as a medical ethicist, and is the medical ethicist on the NSW HIV Assessment Panel for People who Put Others at Risk of HIV. Bridget’s research interests are ethical issues in infectious disease control with an emphasis on underserved or marginalised populations, gender, and sexual and reproductive health.

Lyle Chan

Lyle Chan's compositions are known for their combination of intellectual rigor and powerful emotional impact, even for audiences unaccustomed to classical music. His most personal and confronting work is his 90-minute String Quartet, a memoir of his years as an AIDS activist for ActUp! Sydney in the 1990s. It was hailed by American composer John Corigliano as "a serious and deeply felt work of art born out of a seemingly endless plague.” He was awarded the 2017 Art Music Awards’ prestigious Orchestral Work of the Year prize for his acclaimed 40-min orchestral song cycle "My Dear Benjamin", based on the wartime letters between a young Benjamin Britten and his first love, Wulff Scherchen.

Acacia Quartet

In just seven years Acacia Quartet has won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which couple established repertoire with the unorthodox. Acacia has recorded six albums – three of which earned nominations for an ARIA Award for ‘Best Classical Album’ and an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’. Acacia’s engagements have included the Melbourne Recital Hall, Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, The Concourse Chatswood, the National Galleries of VIC and NSW (Resonate Series), and their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse. In May 2017 Acacia Quartet was invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed four concerts in Berlin and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael.

For this performance, the Acacia Quartet will feature Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohesy on violin, Andrew Jezek on viola, and Anna Martin-Scrase on cello.

A ticket to Queer Thinking on February 25 will include this panel and the other two panels of the day, Queer Refugees: Building the Bridges and Bridging the Gaps, and The ‘Transgressive’ Body: A Fucking Protest.