Essential Film Festivals, Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Celebrating its 25th year, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival returns in March of 2015 with an impressive program of award-winning gay themed cinema.  Opening on March 19th with the Brazilian film, The Way He Looks, the 25th edition of this incredible film festival runs for just 12 days, concluding on March 30th.

Headlining this year’s program is The Way He Looks, the latest work and first feature length production by Brazilian director Daniel Ribiero.  Selected to the Academy Awards Foreign Language category, this film follows a young blind boy and his best female friend as he meets a new boy in school, a relationship that challenges his bond with his best friend.

For something a little more tongue-in-cheek, The Foxy Merkins is a buddy comedy featuring a pair of lesbian hookers navigating a seemingly endless string of conservative women and bargain-hunting housewives.  Another comedy, I Feel Like Disco, is a gay coming-of-age story of a family learning the power of acceptance, by German director Axel Ranisch.

Australian director Louise Wadley presents her latest film, All About E, which tells a fantastical tale about a lesbian DJ and her best friend.  Blackbird is a coming of age tale about a young Baptist singer struggling with his sexuality in the conservative American south, directed by Patrik-Ian Polk.  For a tragic tale, there’s Stewart Thorndike’s Lyle, which portrays a mother’s grief and insanity after the loss of her child.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Film Festivals Location

The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne has a thriving gay culture, offering plenty of gay-friendly places to see and things to do.  Australia as a whole is very liberal towards homosexuality, making this country a fantastic place to plan a trip.

As one of the most lively and entertaining cities in Australia, Melbourne has an eclectic arts scene.  The gay friendly Collingwood neighborhood, north of the city, offers plenty of gay friendly shopping, dining, and entertainment options.  The surrounding region also offers plenty of opportunities to take in Australia’s natural beauty, with options such as winery tours in Yarra Valley, the beaches of Mornington Peninsula, or visiting the wild penguins of Phillip Islands.

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Film Festivals Hotels

Melbourne offers dozens of gay friendly hotel options, providing gay and LGBT travelers with a wide variety of options during their visit.  The sleek and stylish The Cullen is a bold boutique concept hotel from the art series family of hotels.  Showcasing original works by Australian artist Adam Cullen, The Cullen playfully blends urban chic décor in one of Melbourne’s most trendy neighborhoods.

For a five-star delight, the Hotel Lindrum Melbourne never fails to thrill travelers.  This stylish hotel offers impeccable service, elegant décor, and a fantastic location minutes from gay friendly Collingwood.  Each guest room is exquisite and discreet, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway.


Dave Croyle

Dave Croyle

Dave Croyle is an advertising and marketing professional with a knack for building ideas and getting things done. Throughout his career he has written and produced creative work for a variety of brands, big and small. As a history buff and art geek, Dave is passionate about exploring cultures and seeing the world. Dave resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two dogs.