REVIEW: Jacki Weaver’s ‘Stage Mother’ a missed opportunity

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Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, starting this week, is allowing audiences across Australia to create their own festival experience with on-demand streaming options. This year’s festival features over 90 films to choose from, including a variety of shorts, documentaries, and narratives both heartbreaking and humorous. Cinema sessions and streaming options are on offer during …

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Queer representation in film and TV has thrived considerably in the last few years, and just weeks into 2021 we’ve been blessed with It’s A Sin. A five-part series from Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies, this alternately joyous and heartbreaking drama will undoubtedly stand as one of the year’s finest productions. The series …

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An almost documentary-like drama that manipulates time and memory, End of the Century takes an otherwise straightforward narrative and morphs it into something far more emotionally evocative. Following an opening ten minutes devoid of dialogue, Argentinian director Lucio Castro’s beautifully timed film focuses on Ocho (Juan Barberini). The New York-based poet arrived in Barcelona to …

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A narrative like the one in Stage Mother, detailing the drag scene and the straight Texan mother who embraces it following the death of her queer son, should hit hard in 2020. Even more so when a seasoned performer like Jacki Weaver portrays the mother. However, as well-intentioned as Stage Mother is, it’s a little …

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QNews.com.au contributor Peter Gray takes a look back at four of last year’s cinema outings that honoured the queer community in their own unique way. Booksmart The ad campaign for Olivia Wilde’s debut feature Booksmart indicated this would be a gender-swapped take on Seth Rogen’s cult 2007 comedy Superbad, however it is so much more! Yes, …

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With Halloween almost here, QNews.com.au‘s resident film fan Peter Gray looks at some frightfully good, though perhaps non-traditional, horror movies to brave this Halloween. Grab the popcorn, sit back and shudder at these scream queens. High Tension (2003) Think Single White Female but in French and far more violent and psychosexual.  A descent into madness …

This weekend, The Raw Entertainment is showing its pride at the W Hotel’s Wet Deck. As Pride month rides strong throughout September, with the Pride March and official Pride Fair Day on Saturday 21st, one of Brisbane’s most luxurious venues is opening its elevator doors for a celebration like no other. The day following Fair …

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Supposedly “heterosexual” cinema, i.e. films aimed at the man’s man and the dudebro culture has a lot to answer for. Whilst more likely an intentional component of today’s cinema, the films of the 1980s and 1990s were another beast altogether. AIDS awareness was only just starting, homosexuality was widely misunderstood, and the distinct fashion of …

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New comedy film Late Night stars Emma Thompson as a veteran talk show host who hires writer Mindy Kaling to rejuvenate the ratings. The film inspired QN Magazine‘s Peter Gray to look back over some of his favourite cinematic female double acts. BETTE DAVIS & JOAN CRAWFORD – WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1960) A …

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‘Queer Eye’ returned this week for a fourth go-around, even with the tears barely settled on all the makeover wins we experienced throughout the third season. Ah yes, guaranteed sob stories, but in the best possible way for us Netflix bingers. The formula is once again in check – why fix something that isn’t broken? …

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