Tag Archives: Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Tucked

Gay Essential Review: Tucked at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Pitched somewhere between a behind the scenes look at downtrodden cabaret acts previously seen in a film like The Full Monty, and a high camp tale of an ageing drag queen reminiscent of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Tucked feels very distinctively like a throwback to the most successful of those efforts.

Silvana

Gay Essential Review: Silvana at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Silvana, is sharply filmed with close-up camerawork that makes the most of the musician’s confrontational activism as well as her personal connections. Blonde, slim and deliberately queer, she certainly challenges the stereotype of an activist hip-hop artist.

Sunburn

Gay Essential Review: Sunburn (Golpe de Sol) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Sunburn (Golpe de Sol) is a conceptual Portuguese drama exploring the complex connections between four long-time friends. Writer-director Vicente Alves do Ó fills each scene with bold experimental filmmaking touches that draw out the attitudes that gurgle under the surface.

L’Animale

Gay Essential Review: L’Animale at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Mati is a tomboy nearing her final high school exams, who devotes most of her free team on her motorbike, hanging with an irritating group of boys. One day, when helping out her mum at the vets, she meets Carla, a local shop assistant who she is instantly attracted to. As her attraction to Carla grows, the rifts within her friendship group become more palpable, especially between her and Sebi the son of a local farmer who clearly has feelings for Mati.

Night Comes On

Gay Essential Review: Night Comes On at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

In a few years time, when we look back on the festival films that had left a standing impression after the hype wore down, Jordana Spiro’s feature debut will likely be amongst those held in the highest regard. Night Comes On is an intimate drama that can easily fall through the cracks when drowned out by more nakedly audacious films at festivals.

Making Montgomery Clift

Gay Essential Review: Making Montgomery Clift at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

For lovers of classic Hollywood, the trajectory of Montgomery Clift is an archetypal example of a meteoric rise followed by a stratospheric fall. Originally propositioned by agents for years in the hope he’d sign on to become a child star, Clift instead waited until his late twenties to make his screen debut, and did so against the system.

Carmen & Lola

Gay Essential Review: Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola), the directorial debut of Arantxa Echevarria, reinvigorates a familiar coming out scenario by transporting it to the heart of Madrid’s Roma community, finding within it specific cultural issues that, sadly, allows for one of the oldest narratives within LGBT storytelling to maintain its relevancy.

Nobody's Watching

Gay Essential Review: Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Lies, shame and alienation are at the heart of Julia Solomonoff’s seductively tragic Nobody’s Watching, a tale of two identities which confronts the shortcomings of immigration policies head-on. Exposing the tantalizing brutality of iconic cities and the hostility of cliques and Procrustean social norms, the motion picture presents an unparalleled depiction of the Big Apple and its cutthroat nature.

Al Berto

Gay Essential Review: Al Berto at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Al Berto is one of Portugal’s best-known poets, but one does not need to be familiar with his life or his works to appreciate the atmosphere of Vicente Alves do Ó’s latest film, which is based on his life and the journals of the director’s older half-brother, who was once the poet’s lover.

Postcards From London

Gay Essential Review: Postcards From London at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Beauty can only take you so far in Steve McLean’s artsy drama, Postcards From London. Intense, seductive and organically strung together, the motion picture discusses all about art and opportunity in a postmodern era filled with kitsch and the superfluous mores of a self-aggrandizing society.

Porcupine Lake

Gay Essential 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

Gay Essential 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.

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