The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is kicking off at its new home at the New Farm Cinemas this Friday.
On its 18th birthday, the festival is newly independent and directors Shanon King and Justin Marshman say they’re proud of the calibre, diversity and inclusiveness of this year’s lineup.
“This year the festival celebrates its 18th birthday. Like all 18-year-olds BQFF has moved out of its childhood home, Brisbane Powerhouse, and is now ready to party as an independent festival,” Marshman said.
King added: “It is very important for us that BQFF screen films that reflect modern queer life and contemporary forms of storytelling: from opening night’s dazzling NYC vogueing documentary KIKI, French Paris 05:59: Théo and Hugo, and dark comedy Women Who Kill to the delightfully divisive Tomcat.”
See five more must-see BQFF films below:
The Pass (March 16)
Nineteen-year-old Jason (Looking’s Russell Tovey) and Ade have been football prodigies since they were eight years old. The night before their first Champions League match for a famous London club, they’re sharing a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they’re way too excited. They do everything we imagine footballers in hotel rooms do – skip, snack, wrestle, giggle, talk about girls, fight about training, mock each other, gossip, watch a mate’s sex tape. And then Jason kisses Ade. The impact of this ‘pass’ echoes through the next ten years of both their lives: a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything and telling the truth – even to yourself – can be a step too far.
Paris 05:59 (March 11)
In a sex club, the bodies of Théo and Hugo meet, recognize each other, become entangled in a passionate embrace. Once the desire and elation of this first moment has passed, the two young men, now sober, wander through the empty streets of nocturnal Paris, having to confront the love they sense blossoming between them.
Women Who Kill (March 11)
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger.
Kiki (Opening Night, March 10)
In this film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, viewers are granted exclusive access into this high-stakes world, where fierce Ballroom competitions serve as a gateway into conversations surrounding Black-and Trans-Lives Matter movements. It’s a spiritual sequel to documentary “Paris Is Burning” and Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.
Teenage Kicks (March 15)
Seventeen year old Miklós Varga’s plans to escape his migrant family and run away with his best friend Dan are crushed by the accidental death of his older brother Tomi. Only Mik knows the events that led to this tragedy, and he is suddenly forced to navigate his guilt and explosive sexuality to find the man he can become.
The Brisbane Queer Film Festival runs from March 10 to 19. For the full program and to buy tickets, visit the BQFF website.