Look out everyone, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) will be returning for another massive movie marathon this month. Going strong for 27 years, MQFF is well known for their striking appearance of LGBTIQ cinema and amazing films from all over the world. The festival has always been a huge support of the queer film making community, and this year is no exception. Amongst an array of international features, the centrepiece presentation this year highlights Australian film, Pulse. With 20,000 people attending every year, MQFF 2017 is set to be another masterpiece.
I Am Michael
Michael Glatze, gay activist and queer theorist has a fascinating story, and I Am Michael explores his amazing true-life story, and his compelling struggle with homosexuality and anti-Christian beliefs. Starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto, the film questions gay love, and is moving and heartbreaking as it follows Michael through his struggle through health issues and sexual orientation. A powerful movie not to be missed.
Below Her Mouth
A passionate drama about an affair that leaves two lovers changed forever. The film explores the boundaries between female relationships, lesbian sexuality and partnership. It follows the relationship between fashion editor Jasmine (Natalie Krill) and single woman Dallas (Erika Linder).
Financially struggling teenager David accepts a position at a Los Angeles bathhouse in order to support his family, and uncovers an unknown world of gay sex at the spa. The bathhouse completely changes David’s perception of the gay community. He struggles with his confusing sexual desires and his disillusioned parents who make the whole affair even more intense.
Southwest Of Salem: The Story Of The San Antonio Four
A compelling documentary based on the false conviction of four Latina lesbians living in the 80′s and 90′s Satanic Panic witch-hunt era. The women fight against homophobia in their battle to be set free of the Texas prison they are held. The true story includes home video footage of the event 21 years ago, and investigations into the Innocence Project, which helps bring justice to women.
Out Of Iraq
Film maker Eva Orner, well-known for her award winning film Chasing Asylum, comes Out of Iraq, a story surrounding the strength that love can bring when faced with war and the struggle of being faced with death. The documentary follows Iraqis Nayyef who falls in love with gay soldier Btoo. Homosexual relationships are very controversial in Iraq and can result in death and after facing persecution, Nayyef escapes to the US and befriends an American who fights to be reunited with his love.
When & Where: Various Venues, Melbourne – March 16 – 27
Visit mqff.com.au for more info
Written by Lucy Rollason