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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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Review | Storm Boy re-imagines an Australian film classic

Review | Storm Boy re-imagines an Australian film classic

Storm Boy | PG | Opens 17th Jan | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Interestingly the film, directed by Shaun Seet, opens with Geoffrey Rush finding himself in the midst of a sea of protesters. As Michael Kingley, he is headed for a board meeting in Adelaide where the company he founded, now run by his son-in-law […]

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The British Film Festival offers a sumptuous selection of cinema

The British Film Festival offers a sumptuous selection of cinema

The British Film Festival opens on Thursday at Cinema Paradiso with the Australian premiere of the mesmerising biopic Collette. Keira Knightley is French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette whose provocative debut was falsely credited to her husband. There’s an opening night party, but if you just want to see the film it is also screening at Luna […]

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Reviews: Rebels, rogues and robbers at the cinema this October

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (★★★★) Former model Lora Tucker’s documentary lets people into the life of Britain’s legendary fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood. Responsible for bringing punk fashions into the mainstream, Westwood first made clothes to be sold from her then partner’s music shop 40 years ago and was influenced by the band he was […]

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