Subversives: Go Fish

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 / 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PST)
  • With Screenwriter and actress Guinevere Turner
  • Director: Rose Troche

Groundbreaking low-budget independent film Go Fish (1994) centers on the everyday courtship rituals of a lesbian community in Chicago. After ten months without sex, college student Max (Guinevere Turner) recruits her roommate Kia (T. Wendy McMillan) to set her up with an attractive woman to end her dry spell. Though Max is not initially impressed when Kia introduces her to the introverted and slightly older Ely (V.S. Brodie), an attraction soon flourishes. Go Fish subverts both the heterosexism of Hollywood romantic films and the male-oriented narratives of New Queer Cinema. Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival’s 1994 Grand Jury Prize, this girl-meets-girl love story continues to disrupt the mainstream imagination that renders lesbians, in all their complexities, invisible.

Screenwriter and actress Guinevere Turner joined Assatu Wisseh (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a virtual discussion of Go Fish.

Go Fish may be streamed in advance on Amazon and on Pluto TV.



Screenwriter and actress Guinevere Turner

Guinevere Turner is an actress, screenwriter, and director.  She is the writer and co-producer of Charlie Says (2018), the writer and executive-producer of The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), and the co-writer of American Psycho (2000), Go Fish (1994), and The L Word (2004-2009).


Moderator Assatu Wisseh

Assatu Wisseh is a PhD student in the Film and Media Studies department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research centers on celebrity studies, digital media, politics of representation, and Black popular culture through the lenses of Black feminisms and critical race theory.

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center.


Throughout film history and across the globe, mediamakers have resisted social conventions and attracted the ire of governments and censorship boards. The Carsey-Wolf Center’s fall 2020 and winter 2021 screening series will showcase films and TV shows considered politically, socially, culturally, and ideologically subversive. From mischievous caricatures to biting social critiques, the events in this series invite discussion of the efficacy of subversion and the historical contexts that have rendered these works subversive in the first place.