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Porcupine Lake

Film Review: Porcupine Lake at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Porcupine Lake is an impressive drama about two characters caught between childhood and a forever elusive emotional maturity. With heartfelt and achingly real performances from its central actresses, this low-key coming of age tale is one of the best hidden delights to emerge from the recent LGBT festival circuit.

Ideal Home

Film Review: Ideal Home at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd play a long-term gay couple on the verge of a nervous breakdown forced to grow up and take on new responsibilities in Ideal Home, a new comedy film written and directed by Andrew Fleming and screening at the 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Baka Bukas

Film Review: Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) is one of Melbourne Queer Film Festival’s most sincere and high-spirited additions. The motion picture brings warmth, laughter and a bold, liberating perspective on relationships that viewers can certainly identify with.


Film Review: Retablo at Berlinale

The rural setting of this coming of age tale may initially remind viewers of the similarly rugged Yorkshire backdrops of God’s Own Country, one of last year’s standout LGBT films. But the Peruvian landscape hides an intolerant undercurrent, with these rural villages populated entirely by townsfolk with reactionary and religiously motivated attitudes towards same sex relationships.

Hard Paint

Film Review: Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) at Berlinale

Have you ever been in a room filled with people, yet never felt more alone? This is the gut-wrenching feeling you get all throughout Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s controversial Hard Paint, a bittersweet story about finding connection in a cold, hostile world.

Game Girls

Film Review: Game Girls at Berlinale

Just over ten years ago, Polish filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska moved to a hotel near Skid Row, America’s infamous “homeless capital” located on the outskirts of central Los Angeles. Despite only spending a year living in the neighbourhood, it’s had a significant impact on her life – and she’s returned there once again to make yet another documentary following the citizens caught living on the streets just blocks away from luxurious skyscrapers.

Dating My Mother

Film Review: Dating My Mother at Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mike Roma’s assured directorial debut is primarily a family drama, where a mother and son’s relationship is contrasted with their online dating accounts – something he manages to make visually exciting, with very few scenes of characters staring at their phones. Dating My Mother is a charming and instantaneously likeable character comedy.

Evening Shadows

Film Review: Evening Shadows at Mardi Gras Film Festival

Homosexuality is a taboo subject in India, with Sridhar Rangayan’s gay-themed films only receiving acclaim outside of his home country – where he is still more known as a human rights activist than a director. Evening Shadows feels like the film that could change that.

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