The Must-See Guide to the Geelong Queer Film Festival

The Must-See Guide to the Geelong Queer Film Festival

The Pivotonian Cinema will play host to the Geelong Queer Film Festival from April 13 to April 15. The festival showcases contemporary, classic, diverse and inclusive LGBTIQA+ films to a Geelong audience, whilst offering a film making commission and opportunities for volunteers to participate in the queer community.
These films are guaranteed to not only entertain, but to provoke discussion, engender compassion and confront the many aspects of queer culture with honesty and insight.
Here’s what you need to see at the GQFF:
“A Moment in the Reeds” (18+)
Friday April 13, 7:30pm
The film sensitively and sensuously explores the developing connection between Tareq, a Syrian refugee, and Leevi, who has returned to his native Finland to help his father restore the family lake house.
“Australian Shorts” (18+)
Saturday April 14, 12:00pm
This diverse showcase of nine queer stories made by local filmmakers will take you inside the Australian sharpie scene, the Australian Women’s Football League, the inner life of a Melbourne bear, a transgender kid’s first day at school, the alien abduction of a drag queen and girlfriends doing crime.
“Out in the Line-Up” (15+)
Saturday April 14 3:00pm
A documentary that follows the stories of gay and lesbian surfers around the world. The screening will be followed by a Q and A with the producer, Thomas Castets as well as local media presenter Joel Carnegie. This session is proudly sponsored by WorkSafe.
“Signature Move” (18+)
Saturday April 14, 7:30pm
A quirky lesbian romance film that sees Zaynab, a 30-something Pakistani-Muslim lesbian, is struggling with her mother’s expectation that she find a husband when she falls in love with Alma, a bold Mexican woman, who shares Zaynab’s love for Mexican Lucha-style wrestling.
“The Feels” (18+)
Sunday April 15, 11:00am
A racy, hilarious ensemble comedy where a group of friends gather for a weekend away to celebrate the impending wedding of Andy and Lu. Of course, things go awry!
“The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” (18+)
Sunday April 15, 1:30pm
This documentary details the life and career of Armistead Maupin, celebrated author of the popular book and TV series ‘Tales of the City’, with interviews and archival footage.
Prepare for a journey to self-discovery and understanding through an increasingly diverse range of stories redolent with themes of love, hope, tolerance, inspiration, perseverance and pride.
The first film festival will be 13 to 15 April 2018 with with some additional one-off screenings also held during late 2017 and early 2018 at The Pivotonian Cinema, in South Geelong.
Tickets are available via www.trybooking.com/eventlist/gqff or, contact them directly at geelongqueerfilm@gmail.com.
Written by Daniel Jubb