Perth International Queer Film Festival reveals 2017 program

The Perth International Queer Film Festival have revealed their 2017 program and there’s an amazing line-up of films on the the bill.

The week-long festival is an essential fundraiser for the WA AIDS Council.

The festival will open on Wednesday 13 September with Travis Mathew’s latest film Discreet. The film tells the story of a childhood abuse victim who becomes fascinated with a YouTube video blogger, a move that only makes him become more disconnected from the real world.

Mathews previous directed Interior. Leather Bar alongside James Franco. His previous film I Want Your Love was denied permission to be screened in Australia in 2012.

American director Nick Corporon’s feature film Retake follows a middle aged man who hires a younger man to accompany him as he re-visits a road trip from his youth. The Hollywood Reporter described the filmmaker as having a distinctive style, and said his debut feature builds upon his previous short film work.

Retake screens on Thursday 24 September 

John G Young’s film Bwoy will have its Australian debut at the festival. Starring Anthony Rapp, famed for originating roles in the Broadway productions of both Rent and If/Then, the film explores an online dating relationship.  

This is Young’s fourth feature film, hes specialises in making films on micro-budgets. The film screens on Friday 15 September.

Signature Move tells the tale of a Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

The film screens on Saturday 16 September.

On Sunday September 17th the festival will show a series of short films including movies from ndia, Cuba, Australia, USA, Isreal, Canada and Greece.

The ten short on the bill are Niqi, Mum I’m Back, Crack Open My Head, Our Skin, A Tale with Christ and Jesus, Always, Elevator Love Story, Breakfast, Naughty Amelia Jane and Little You

German coming-of-age drama Centre of My World follow a young man named Phil who after spending a summer with his best friend Kat returns to school and becomes fascinated by Nicholas, the new boy in their class.

The film is an adaptation of the best selling novel of the same name by Andreas Steinhöfel. The film screens on Monday September 18th.

Director Shu Le Cheang’s cyberpunk sci-fi film FluidO will have its Australian debut at the festival.

Set in the 2060s, the film depicts a world in which HIV/AIDS has been fully eradicated. In some people, however, the virus has mutated into a gene which can be extracted to create a new psychoactive drug, leading to the creation of an extensive underground network of human trafficking to capture the carriers of this mutation in order to manufacture the drug.

The film screened as part of the Panorama section at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The Perth screening will be on Tuesday September 18th.

From India filmmaker Deepthi Tadanki delivers Satyavati explores the shocking and appalling practice of corrective rape in India.

Described as a love story that also explores hate crimes and corrective rape against lesbians in India. Satyavati will stand a story of example of why we need to understand each other on levels of “Humanity” more, than inclining our existence on misconstrued and judgmental rules of some traditional influence or preaching of pre-historic literary references.

Watch a trailer of the film on their YouTube site. The film will screen on Wednesday September 22nd.

The festival will close with a film by Fabio Massa Aeffetto Domino is a movie about a the life and its transformation. It’s a story of Lorenzo: sad news about his state of health will change its existence, causing a domino effect on his life and on the lives of people he loves.

The film will close the festival on September 23rd.

To see the full line up, including the short films that play alongside each feature, head to the festival’s Facebook page.

OIP Staff


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