gender-bending: The Year of Living Dangerously


The Year of Living Dangerously

In 1965 a young Australian reporter based in Indonesia must choose between romance and the story that will make his career.

The diminutive Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt) helps him to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the overthrow of President Sukarno.

Linda Hunt won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, becoming the first person to win for playing a character of the opposite sex. She desribed the role as having ‘layers of sexual ambiguity’.

The makeup

Judy Lovell was the makeup artist and special effects makeup artist; Bob McCarron was the special effects makeup artist.

Linda Hunt had her hair cut and dyed, her eyebrows shaved, and wore special costuming to alter her body shape.