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For the first time Queer Screen will open with an Australian film

For the first time Queer Screen will open with an Australian film

Queer Screen’s 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival will open with an Australian feature for the first time in its history with the World Premiere of Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt).  Shot entirely in Sydney, the film is adapted from a play by writer-director Monica Zanetti (Sisters, Skin Deep) and features an all-star ensemble […]

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Review | ‘Koko: A Red Dog Story’ honours an extraordinary Australian

Review | ‘Koko: A Red Dog Story’ honours an extraordinary Australian

Koko: A Red Dog Story | Dir: Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce | G | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  This is the third in the Red Dog series produced by Nelson Woss, who adopted Koko after he starred in the brilliant Australian film Red Dog. The docudrama recounts the life of the red cloud kelpie who became […]

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Reviews | Keira Knightly and Adam Driver are exposing government secrets

Official Secrets | Dir: Gavin Hood | In cinemas now | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Director Gavin Hood brings a very relevant true story of political corruption at the highest levels in several countries to the screen. It was 2003 and Tony Blair and George W Bush were on the news letting the world know that […]

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25 years of ‘The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert’

25 years of ‘The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert’

A quarter of a century ago, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, opened in cinemas across Australia. The second film from director Stephan Elliott has gone down in history as one of Australia’s greatest movies and it gave the country a coast to coast understanding of drag and put Australia’s LGBTI community at the centre […]

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Review | ‘Gay Chorus Deep South’ are singing for their lives

Review | ‘Gay Chorus Deep South’ are singing for their lives

Gay Chorus Deep South | Revelation Film Festival | 6th & 16th July | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Written and directed by David Charles Rodrigues, this heart-warming documentary is about the healing power of music. Rodrigues follows 300 singers from the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco as they tour the southern American states with the most […]

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Film composer Hans Zimmer announces arena tour of Australia

Film composer Hans Zimmer announces arena tour of Australia

Film composer Hans Zimmer is heading back to Australia for an arena tour around the country, but sadly Perth is not on his schedule. After selling out several arenas during his previous tour, Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer has announced he’s heading back to Australia, with his follow up Hans Zimmer […]

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Review | Love meets disaster in ‘Tremors’ at the Spanish Film Festival

Review | Love meets disaster in ‘Tremors’ at the Spanish Film Festival

Tremors | Cinema Paradiso | May 3 & 12 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Tremors is a very dark film. It opens with 40-something Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) arriving home in the rain after work in Guatemala City. Obviously wealthy, he is met by the maid who tells him that his young son and daughter have […]

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Review | ‘Carmen & Lola’ brings lesbian romance to the Spanish Film Festival

Review | ‘Carmen & Lola’ brings lesbian romance to the Spanish Film Festival

Carmen & Lola | Cinema Paradiso | May 6 & 11 | ★ ★ ★ ★   Carmen & Lola, the first feature film from Arantxa Echevarria, takes the audience into a deeply Catholic gypsy community in the bustling Spanish city of Madrid. There’s colour, dancing and the sense of a close-knit community where Carmen (Rosy Rodriguez) and […]

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Review | Nicole Kidman is out for revenge in Destroyer

Review | Nicole Kidman is out for revenge in Destroyer

Destroyer | MA15+ | Thu 21st Mar | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  LAPD Detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) seems to have spent the night in her car under a bridge. Certainly looking a lot worse for wear, she staggers from her car to the crime scene nearby where a dead man lies face-down and she recognizes […]

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Documentary ‘Becoming Colleen’ wins at Mardi Gras film festival

The documentary Becoming Colleen has won the Audience Award at Queerscreen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival. This is the second time Producer and Director Ian W Thomson has taken out the award at MGFF after his win on 2014 with the exposé on homosexuality in surf culture Out in the Lineup. Thomson said film festivals like the […]

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