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SATURDAY CHURCH: MGFF 2018

SATURDAY CHURCH is a trans story yes. But much much more.  It is transporting, transcendent and transformative, with themes of belonging and being that reach well beyond the coming out.  The film is essentially a drama, but the interspersed songs and dancing, a bit like LA LA LAND, come smoothly together to inform, touch and influence hearts and minds. Continue reading SATURDAY CHURCH: MGFF 2018

AL BERTO: MGFF 2018

AL BERTO is a film of its place.  About one of Portugal’s most celebrated modern poets, it is set in Sines on the Portuguese coast.   But it is of a different time.  It is 1975 when 27 year old Al Berto returns to his small fishing village, a place where change comes slowly.  The painter/poet is beautiful, passionate and free spirited but his kind of creative living is way too fast … even for a population newly freed from an authoritarian regime.  AL BERTO explores freedom, political and personal, in a sensual, deliciously detailed film playing as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival. Continue reading AL BERTO: MGFF 2018

IN BETWEEN: MGFF 2018

Of all the films I have watched towards Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, IN BETWEEN (also called BAR BAHAR) has been my favourite.  I loved spending time with Layla, Salma and Nour, Israeli-Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv.  Deceptively  intimate, the storytelling  sweeps the viewer into a world of explosive thematic content. Continue reading IN BETWEEN: MGFF 2018

A WOMB OF THEIR OWN: MGFF 2018

 

A WOMB OF THEIR OWN
Image: Sam Berliner

If one of the joys of being human is taking delight in enjoying other humans then A WOMB OF THEIR OWN brings the both humanity and the joy.  Directed by Cyn Lubow, who is also a participant, the film gives voice to masculine identifying people who have chosen to become pregnant. Continue reading A WOMB OF THEIR OWN: MGFF 2018

THE RING THING: MGFF 2018

THE RING THING stars (l-R) Nicole Pursell and Sarah Wharton .

Like a ludicrously expensive engagement ring, the real worth of THE RING THING is in its rarity.   This film is a collage of opinion and drama about Gay and Lesbian marriage and from our perspective, when we see it as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, it is best watched with an eye to the future.  It’s been over two years since same sex marriage became available to Americans.  This film takes that experience and meanders off with it thereby allowing us that rare opportunity to sit in the dark and consider what happens next. Continue reading THE RING THING: MGFF 2018

THE CAKEMAKER: MGFF 2018

Light piano music leads us from hands slowly massaging dough, through a cityscape, into a Torten Laden, Café Krendenz on a busy street in Berlin.   THE CAKEMAKER, playing as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, is a profound and impactful film which has been crafted with loving hands. Continue reading THE CAKEMAKER: MGFF 2018

DATING MY MOTHER: MGFF 2018

Danny is a little shit.  He’s an arrogant layabout who expects the world to come to him.  He’s finished college after all… why people aren’t breaking their neck to offer him writing work.  It’s a mystery to him but not to us.  Danny is the antihero of his own story in a terrifically droll comedy DATING MY MOTHER which will play as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival 2018. Continue reading DATING MY MOTHER: MGFF 2018

10 TEASER FILMS FOR QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FF

This image from SIGNATURE MOVE
Top image from SATURDAY CHURCH

QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 ​is​ ​a​ ​celebration​ ​of​ ​LGBTIQ  creativity​ ​and​ ​an homage​ ​to​ ​ ​ ​history​ ​as​ ​Queer Screen ​brings​ ​the​ ​best​ ​and​ ​most​ ​diverse​ ​LGBTIQ​ ​content to​ ​the​ ​big​ ​screen.​ ​

Announcing​ ​the​ ​first​ ​10​ ​‘teaser’​ ​films​.

MGFF18 puts​ ​the​ ​spotlight​ ​on​ ​Australia’s​ ​established​ ​and​ ​up​ ​and​ ​coming​ ​filmmakers​ ​with​ ​a retrospective​ ​of​ MY QUEER CAREER ​ ​–​ ​Australia’s​ ​largest​ ​competition​ ​for​ ​LGBTIQ​ ​short​ ​films, hosted​ ​each​ ​Mardi​ ​Gras​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​by​ ​Queer​ ​Screen.​ ​For​ ​more​ ​than​ ​two​ ​decades,​ ​​ MY QUEER CAREER  ​has​ ​unearthed​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​and​ ​greatest​ ​Aussie​ ​queer​ ​filmmakers.

Looking​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​future,​ ​the festival presents​ ​​JADE OF DEATH,​ ​a​ ​supernatural​ ​thriller​ ​which​ ​was recently​ ​awarded​ ​Best​ ​Drama​ ​Series​ ​by​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Web​ ​Television.​ ​Made with​ ​assistance​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Queer​ ​Screen​ ​Completion​ ​Fund,​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​includes​ ​rising​ ​young​ ​star Bernie​ ​Van​ ​Tiel.

Festival​ ​director​ ​Lisa​ ​Rose​ ​said:​ ​ “Queer​ ​Screen’s​ ​values​ ​–​ ​diversity,​ ​creativity,​ ​inspiration,​ ​inclusiveness​ ​and​ ​pride​ ​–​ ​have guided​ ​us​ ​through​ ​the​ ​last​ ​25​ ​years​ ​of​ ​producing​ ​film​ ​festivals​ ​for​ ​LGBTIQ​ ​communities​ ​and current​ ​circumstances​ ​mean​ ​they​ ​are​ ​now​ ​more​ ​valid​ ​than​ ​ever.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​delighted​ ​to​ ​be presenting​ ​our​ ​silver​ ​jubilee​ ​festival​ ​in​ ​what​ ​we​ ​hope​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​year​ ​when​ ​​same​ ​sex marriage​ ​becomes​ ​law.”

With​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​few​ ​parallels​ ​to​ ​Australia,​ ​​THE 34TH ​​ recounts​ ​Ireland’s​ ​campaign​ ​for​ ​marriage equality,​ ​which​ ​culminated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​country’s​ ​historic​ ​2015​ ​referendum.​

​The​ ​festival​ ​will​ ​also pay​ ​homage​ ​to​ ​Mardi​ ​Gras​ ​with​ ​a​ ​screening​ ​of​ ​a​ ​fully​ ​restored​ ​version​ ​of​ ​the​ ​renown documentary​ ​WITCHES AND FAGGOTS, DYKES AND POOFTERS ​about​ ​the​ ​78ers,​ ​the​ ​group​ ​of protesters​ ​whose​ ​march​ ​for​ ​equality​ ​morphed​ ​into​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​gay​ ​and​ ​lesbian parades​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world. Gayle​ ​Lake,​ ​senior​ ​film​ ​curator​ ​at​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Film​ ​and​ ​Sound​ ​Archive,​ ​said:​ ​“We​ ​are​ ​proud to​ ​digitally​ ​preserve​ ​and​ ​restore​ ​​​ .​ ​Our​ ​NFSA Restores​ ​program​ ​ensures​ ​that​ ​important​ ​films​ ​such​ ​as​ ​this​ ​are​ ​preserved​ ​at​ ​the​ ​highest standards,​ ​making​ ​them​ ​available​ ​to​ ​cinema​ ​audiences​ ​once​ ​again.”

As​ ​always,​ ​MGFF18​ ​will​ ​showcase​ ​the​ ​most​ ​impressive​ ​films​ ​from​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.

​​SIGNATURE MOVE ​is ​the​ ​most​ ​played​ ​lesbian​ ​film​ ​on​ ​the​ ​LGBT​ ​festival​ ​circuit this​ ​year.​ ​A​ ​multicultural​ ​rom-com,​ ​it’s​ ​about​ ​Zaynab,​ ​a​ ​Pakistani-American​ ​lawyer​ ​whose mother​ ​wants​ ​nothing​ ​more​ ​than​ ​for​ ​her​ ​daughter​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​husband​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​the love​ ​and​ ​happiness​ ​she​ ​once​ ​had.​ ​But​ ​Zaynab​ ​has​ ​other​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​escapes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of Mexican​ ​lucha​ ​libre​ ​women’s​ ​wrestling​ ​instead!

The​ ​girls​ ​wrestling​ ​with​ ​their​ ​feelings​ ​in​ ​​ ​​SIGNATURE MOVE are​ ​joined​ ​by​ ​a​ ​young​ ​man​ ​walking a​ ​fine​ ​line​ ​between​ ​machismo​ ​and​ ​homoeroticism​ ​in​ ​BEACH RATS,​ ​our​ ​Sundance-award winning​ ​gay​ ​coming​ ​of​ ​age​ ​pick​ ​for​ ​the​ ​boys.​ ​Frankie,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​a​ ​new​ ​girlfriend,​ ​is​ ​torn between​ ​real​ ​world​ ​hyper-masculinity​ ​and​ ​the​ ​hidden​ ​homoeroticism​ ​of​ ​flirting​ ​with​ ​older men​ ​online​ ​in​ ​this​ ​moody,​ ​angsty​ ​teen​ ​drama,​ ​set​ ​during​ ​a​ ​sultry​ ​summer.

 THEY,​ ​a​ ​non-binary/trans​ ​arthouse​ ​title​ ​from​ ​Cannes,​ ​tells​ ​of​ ​14-year-​ ​old​ ​J,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​been​ ​on hormone​ ​blockers​ ​to​ ​delay​ ​puberty​ ​while​ ​they​ ​explore​ ​their​ ​gender​ ​identity,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​must finally​ ​decide​ ​if​ ​they​ ​want​ ​to​ ​transition.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​stunning​ ​meditation​ ​on​ ​the​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​gender, cultural​ ​identity,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​family,​ ​crafted​ ​by​ ​Iranian​ ​director​ ​Anahita Ghazvinizadeh​ ​and​ ​executive​ ​producer​ ​Jane​ ​Campion.

French​ ​feel-good​ ​romp​ ​​KISS ME! ​brings​ ​all​ ​the​ ​charm​ ​as​ ​Oceane,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​had​ ​her​ ​fair​ ​share of​ ​broken​ ​hearts,​ ​meets​ ​Cecile​ ​and​ ​goes​ ​to​ ​any​ ​lengths​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​girl​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​her.

Meanwhile​ BODY ELECTRIC ​​,​ ​a​ ​sexy​ ​slice​ ​of​ ​life​ ​narrative​ ​from​ ​Brazil,​ ​brings​ ​the​ ​raunchiness.​ ​It takes​ ​an​ ​intimate​ ​look​ ​at​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​a​ ​racially​ ​and​ ​sexually​ ​diverse​ ​group​ ​of​ ​friends​ ​as​ ​they take​ ​to​ ​the​ ​streets​ ​of​ ​Sao​ ​Paulo​ ​with​ ​carefree​ ​(dare​ ​we​ ​say​ ​“gay”?)​ ​abandon.

SATURDAY CHURCH ​ ​introduces​ ​us​ ​to​ ​Ulysses,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​become​ ​“man​ ​of​ ​the​ ​house” after​ ​his​ ​father’s​ ​death,​ ​but​ ​clad​ ​in​ ​red​ ​high​ ​heel​ ​pumps,​ ​he​ ​finds​ ​himself​ ​pulled​ ​in​ ​another direction,​ ​specifically,​ ​towards​ ​a​ ​weekly​ ​meetup​ ​of​ ​gay​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​youth.​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​a​ ​real-life program​ ​in​ ​NYC’s​ ​West​ ​Village,​ ​SATURDAY CHURCH​ ​is​ ​a​ ​musical​ ​drama​ ​about​ ​finding acceptance​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​and,​ ​unashamedly,​ ​being​ ​who​ ​you​ ​are.

The​ ​full​ ​festival​ ​program​ ​will​ ​be​ ​launched​ ​on​ ​10​ ​January,​ ​2018.

Tickets​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​10​ ​films​ ​are​ ​on​ ​sale​ ​now​ ​including​ ​flexi​ ​passes​ ​to​ ​5​ ​or​ ​10​ ​films.​ ​Queer Screen​ ​members​ ​receive​ ​discounted​ ​tickets​ ​and​ ​priority​ ​entry​ ​to​ ​movies.​ ​To​ ​become​ ​a member​ ​or​ ​to​ ​book​ ​tickets​ ​call​ ​(02)​ ​9280​ ​1533 or visit:   http://queerscreen.org.au​