The New Farm Queer Film Festival has launched with twelve days of big film premieres and restored favourites at Brisbane’s New Farm Cinemas.
The second annual festival kicked off on Thursday night with the Queensland premiere of Ira Sachs’ acclaimed queer drama Passages starring Ben Whishaw.
NFQFF program director Sean Tayler said New Farm Cinemas has a proud history of screening queer stories for Brisbane filmgoers.
“It’s so important that our festival program encapsulated queer stories from around the world,” NFQFF program director Sean Tayler said.
“This year we have four films from Germany, two from Argentina, two French films, a film from French Canada, a film from the United States as well some home-grown Aussie stories.”
The festival will run until the closing night gala screening of John Water’s outrageous classic Pink Flamingos on October 2.
But before then, check out five under-the-radar picks from the NFQFF lineup below. See all the films and book tickets at the New Farm Cinemas website.
Argentinian director Marco Berger puts homosocial bonding and toxic masculinity under the microscope in the erotic and discomforting dramedy Horseplay.
A group of friends get together to enjoy a summer holiday at a villa. The men drink, party hard and film prank videos together but under the surface jealousy and violence begin to emerge which pushes tensions to the limit.
Bones and Names
Fabian Stumm’s intelligent and entertaining reflection on relationships sees gay couple Boris and Jonathan at a difficult turning point.
The couple are drifting apart, with Boris, an actor, developing feelings for his younger co-star Tim, and Jonathan, a writer, becoming obsessed with his novel.
The German film is premiering in Australia at the New Farm Queer Film Festival.
Give Me Pity
Sissy St. Claire graces the small screen for her first television special. It’s an evening full of music and laughter, glamour and entertainment!
But Sissy’s live event quickly begins to curdle into a psychedelic nightmare of vanity, insecurity and delusional ambition. She’s stalked by the glowering presence of a mysterious masked man.
Sophie von Haselberg – the spitting image of her mother, Bette Midler – shines bright in Amanda Kramer’s lurid picture of stardom undone.
That Kind of Summer
Three “hypersexual” women are invited to spend 26 days in a quiet rest home and explore different experiences, forms, and extremes of desire.
Under the detached supervision of a therapist and a considerate social worker, the group attempts to maintain a delicate balance.
French-Canadian arthouse filmmaker and documentarian Denis Côté’s film is a smart and observational drama about the sexual conformity of a trio of women in French Canada.
Since the Last Time We Met
In this New Farm Queer Film Festival pick from Argentina, Victor is reunited by chance with David, his first love, fifteen years after the last time they saw each other.
The couple revive their long-lost secret love affair. But this time, David is married to a woman and Victor struggles with his own feelings. Every time the pair meet, it might be the last.
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