It’s that time of the year again when the queers take over the Brisbane Powerhouse for its hugely successful and international renowned Brisbane Queer Film Festival (BQFF).
BQFF is the largest festival celebrating queer cinema in Queensland and is the third largest film festival of its kind in Australia. Originally established in 2000, the festival exclusively show-cases cinema by, about and for the queer community.
The films often showcased rarely receive mainstream theatrical or television release, making the festival an important exhibitor of shorts films, features and documentaries from all over the globe. The festival also gives the LGBT community an opportunity to come together in a safe place engaging in a cinematic experience to celebrate the community’s diversity in film.
BQFF launches tomorrow (Friday) night with a screening of Leave It On The Floor. Described as “audacious, raunchy and big-hearted, this musical takes us into the fabulously funky world of voguing,” this film is sure to not disappoint.
The opening screening will then be followed with the official opening night party with beats provided by Brisbane’s own sexy DJ ISH, and also popular Family Nightclub/ Fluffy favourite Harry K. Get your dancing shoes on!
As usual the festival showcases films on a number of different topics from sexual identity to relationships, which means there is usually something for everyone. We’ve taken it upon ourselves provide a few trailers of the films that will be featured to give you a taste of what to expect.
Going Down in LA-LA Land
The latest feature film from director Casper Andreas, based on the novel by Andy Zeffer. The dramedy explores what an aspiring actor can and will do to make it in Hollywood.
Lisa Aschan’s taboo-busting She Monkeys lifts the lid on a group of girls for whom gender is both weapon and toy, pushing the boundaries of political correctness to breaking point.
Friendship, love and sexual awakening emerge in this most unusual insight into transgender life.
Kawa is a psychological drama of a family in crisis as Kawa, a successful Māori businessman in Auckland, New Zealand, is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay. Based on the novel ‘Nights in the Gardens of Spain’ by Witi Ihimaera, who also wrote The Whale Rider.
An Australian documentary on reparative programs (ex-gay ministries) and the mental health implications of trying to ‘change’ sexuality.