Aussie queer film ‘Pulse’ wins an award at Korea’s Busan film festival

Aussie queer film Pulse has picked up an award at Korea’s prestigious Busan International Film Festival.

The debut feature film from Director Stevie Cruz-Martin and writer/actor/editor Daniel Monks was awarded the Bank Award which come with $20,000 prize money.

The screening at Busan International Film Festival was the movie’s first international showing.

The no-budget film is about a young gay man with disabilities who changes into the body of a beautiful woman in order to be loved.

Monks, who is gay and disabled, stars in the film alongside Caroline Brazier in the film. The creative duo of Cruz Martin and Monks, who are originally from Perth, have previously made several short films together. Monks was named WA Young Filmmaker of the Year at the 2014 WA Screen Awards. 

The film is getting high praise from critics with one Korean writer describing Monks performance in the film as one of the best in the festival.

The film previously screened at the Sydney International Film Festival.

OIP Staff

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