Celebrating LGBT Pride At The Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Check out the lesbian films of MQFF’s 2015 program!
Anatomy Of A Love Seen
This year, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival is celebrating two milestones: it’s the event’s 25th year, and also the final year for long-serving and well-loved festival director, Lisa Daniel.
“The Melbourne Queer Film Festival and its associated family have been a huge part of my life for the past 16 years, and it’s with a heavy heart that I’ll be saying goodbye after the 2015 Festival,” Lisa said.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to serve Melbourne’s film loving queer community all this time, and I’m so proud of what I and our small team have been able to achieve over the years.
However, Lisa is going out with a bang, offering up a full and varied program of lesbian films as well as a dedicated night of film and partying just for the ladies we’re calling “It’s A Girl Thing”. Here are some highlights:
It’s A Girl Thing
MQFF wants lesbians to hop off the couch and leave the cat at home and step out to ACMI for a night of film, dance, music and tipples at the Festival. ‘It’s A Girl Thing’ is dedicated to celebrating women in our community - and having a good time. Your ticket price allows admission to one of two films, The Foxy Merkins or GirlTrash: All Night Long as well as entry to our private party and lady DJs on Saturday March 21. Be quick – spaces are limited. Visit http://www.mqff.com.au/pages/parties
ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN
Actresses Zoe and Mal fell in love while filming a love scene together. Months later their relationship is over and they aren’t on speaking terms. But they’re thrown together once again at the request of their director who needs to re-shoot a scene for the movie. Yes, the love scene. Cue steamy love scenes, intensity and the revelation of a few juicy secrets.
THE FOXY MERKINS
This oddball comedy from Madeleine Olnek, director of Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (MQFF 2012), follows the story of Margaret (Lisa Haas) who decides to become a lesbian sex worker in New York when she becomes desperate for money. Jo (Jackie Monahan) takes Margaret under her wing and the two search out closeted lesbian socialites at a bus terminal for business and run into a merkin-selling creeper in a trench coat while in a cemetery. As you do.
Screens: Saturday 21 March at 6pm as part of It’s A Girl Thing; Saturday March 28 at 6.15pm.
Buy tickets at http://tix.mqff.com.au/session.asp?sn=The%20Foxy%20Merkins
GIRL TRASH: ALL NIGHT LONG
Daisy is an aspiring rocker, who hasn’t landed a gig since her girlfriend Xan unceremoniously dumped her. But tonight, she’s got a shot at Band Slam. But her little sister Colby wants help to hook up with a hottie chick, and things unravel. Think band brawls, lust, cat fights, a bus-load of stoned sorority girls, maybe some love and a whole lotta rock-n-roll.
Screens: Saturday 21 March at 8pm at ACMI as part of It’s A Girl Thing
ALL ABOUT E
E is a hot Sydney DJ who stumbles on a bag full of cash with her gay BFF Matt – cue on-the-lam road trip to the country and E’s old flame Trish. Like a lesbian Romancing the Stone, All About E has adventure, romance, laughs and bad guys with accents. Stick around for a chat as cast and crew will be present at the screening. MQFF is running a special Film Industry Day with a Q&A with the writer and producer to explore in depth the key aspects of making All About E – from writing the script,raising the money, the legal contracting involved, producing and directing the film and distributing and marketing the film.
Buy tickets at http://tix.mqff.com.au/session.asp?sn=All+About+E&s
Sasha (Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester) Paige (Community‘s Gillian Jacobs) are besties destined to be platonic soul mates. One hitch –Sasha is gay and doesn’t cope well when Paige finds a serious BF boyfriend (Adam Brody) Susanna Fogel’s film is an honest and wittyportrait of the growing pains of lifelong female friendship.
Screens: Friday 27 March at 8.30pm at KINO
Buy tickets at http://tix.mqff.com.au/session.asp?sn=Life%20Partners
Kat (Tara Karsian) and Sam (Andrea Grano) have been besties forever, but in a weird series of events they end up at a couples’ retreat together. One slight hitch – they’re not a couple. A comedy featuring Australia’s very own Sigrid Thornton.
Screens: Saturday 21 March at 10.15pm at ACMI; Friday 27 March at 6pm at KINO.
Buy tickets at http://tix.mqff.com.au/session.asp?sn=BFFs&s
DERBY CRAZY LOVE
Competitive, aggressive and oh-so cool, roller derby and its queer punk aesthetic has swept the world – and the lesbian community - in recent years. This Canadian doco delves into the lives of Montreal derby team New Skids on the Block. Players from Melbourne’s women’s roller derby league will introduce the session.
Screens: Sunday 29 March at 4pm at ACMI.
Buy tickets at http://tix.mqff.com.au/session.asp?sn=Derby+Crazy+Love&s
Find it hard to sit through a full-length feature? We’ve got the tickets for you. MQFF offers several shorts packages for chicks including, BOOB TUBE, SHORT AND GIRLY, FEMME FATALITIES as well as the sellout sessions of OZ SHORTS and OZ DOCS.
For more information, visit http://tix.mqff.com.au/browseName2.asp
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Dates: March 19-30
Location: ACMI Cinemas and Kino Cinemas in Melbourne
For more details, visit www.mqff.com.au.