Queer Screen


Majd Mardo and Josha Stradowski in Gewoon Vrienden (2018)

JUST FRIENDS (2018), original title Gewoon Vrienden, is a Netherlands TV film which is playing as part of the Queer Screen Film Fest and what a delight it is.  A romantic comedy, it is a film of perfect balance, the beginning hilarious, the middle romantic and the finale deliciously moving.   Featuring two terrific actors in the lead roles and a quirky collection of family behind them, it is a story of opposites and their attraction.

Josha Stradowski is Joris. Rich and unmotivated, he balances his time between riding his not quite a classic, older motorcycle to solitary places to play with his high-tech drone or doing a partnerless work-out at the gym.  Majd Mardo is Yad, a young man of initially indiscriminate heritage, obviously not from  Dutch stock, who has been a bit too heavy into the party scene in Amsterdam has returned to the family home in Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands. His balance in life revolves around his love of windsurfing. Continue reading JUST FRIENDS: ITS ALL ABOUT BALANCE


This image: Mena Suvari, Lena Hall © Blue Fox Entertainment
Featured image: Lena Hall as BECKS © Blue Fox Entertainment

BECKS is one of those films that will provoke long discussions over coffee after you see it at the Queer Screen Film Festival.  For, there’s a complex character and a stunningly real performance at the centre of a film that is heartbreaking in places and despairingly conflicted in others.  There’s behaviour that will divide viewers and had me shaking my head and tutting at the screen in between tearing up and being unable to look away.

The film begins in heartbreak.  “I’m single and I’m broke and I’m living with my Mom” leads to becoming one of those people … ‘Becks will teach you guitar’.

Mid 30s New York singer/ guitarist Rebecca (Becks) finds herself back in St Louis, a place with a small town feel where everybody knows your past.  Reconnecting with her mate Dave, she begins to play in his bar and develops a following for her lesbian folk rock music.  The breakup was with a hot lead singer who moved on to younger and hotter and Beck’s low key, soulful music is made even more affecting by being accompanied by the images of love lost. Continue reading BECKS: PART OF THE QUEER SCREEN FILM FEST 2018


The QUEER SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL lineup has been announced and it will feature 20 films from four continents, including 16 Australian premieres, puts the diversity of LGBTIQ experience and Queer strength on screen in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

There are screenings at the Mt Vic Flicks, Event Cinemas and thanks to a partnership with City of Sydney, Queer Screen Film Fest will also present three free film events for the whole community.

There is an outdoor family screening of Moana at Sydney Park, a seniors (and friends) viewing of the moving documentary The Lavender Scare, complete with afternoon tea. In addition there is a youth event featuring Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall, a high energy documentary following the titular YouTube and Rupaul’s Drag Race sensation.

“Being able to give back and reach out to the community is something Queer Screen views as vitally important, and through our strong relationship with City of Sydney we are again able to provide free entertainment that focuses on three pillars of the LGBTIQ community: families, seniors and youth” says Festival Director, Lisa Rose. Continue reading 5TH QUEER SCREEN FILM FEST 19 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2017


The Pass: Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival

THE PASS is a tough watch yet a terrific choice for the Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival.

“Our guiding vision for this year to tell as many queer stories as possible through the most diverse range of characters, stories and genres yet” says Festival Director Paul Struthers as he announced the 10 ‘teaser’ films this week. And if these ten are any indication it will be an exciting season. The Festival will allow Sydney audiences to see, not only the most impressive films from the LGBTIQ film circuit, but many award-winners from Berlin, Toronto and other A-list film festivals. Continue reading THE PASS