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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.

Love, Simon

Essential Opinion: Love, Simon

Nobody could mistake Love, Simon for realism – but its hopeful view of life outside the closet is exactly what teenage audiences need right now, and older audiences are certainly not going to be immune to its charms either. For many teenagers, this is likely to be the first film about a gay romance they ever see, and as an introduction to the wonders of LGBT cinema, you can’t really go wrong with this.

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.


Essential Opinion: 1:54

1:54 is a fantastic teen movie, the debut feature from director Yan England tackles a plethora of serious themes you’d expect to find in an after school special- bullying, suicide and the tension of hiding your sexuality in a hostile school environment are all present here. Where England’s film stands out from the pack is by perfectly integrating them in to an underdog sports drama, that breathes new life in to that tired genre.


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.

The Ice King

Essential Opinion: The Ice King

As the Winter Olympics grip the world, countless headlines have been written about the fact that this year saw the first openly gay Winter Olympians on the podium winning medals. However, they’re far from the first LGBT athletes to take home prizes – as James Erskine’s documentary The Ice King points out, John Curry took home a gold medal for figure skating in an era when homosexuality was barely legal.

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