That's Not My Dog! (Limited season Mar 15-18)
Melbourne Queer Film Festival (15-26 March)
Wow - what a week of watching! New releases come thick and fast, I've caught up with one of last week's releases, and I've watched plenty for the fabulous Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which opens tonight.
Director: Kate McIntyre Clere & Mick McIntyre
Length: 99 min
|© IndieVillage - warm and fuzzy, to protect at all|
costs, or a pest to cull?
3.5 - well recommended!
Director: Ai WeiWei
Length: 140 min
|© Roadshow - the face of human misery. Ai's film|
explores the biggest refugee crisis since WW2
4 - highly recommended!
That's Not My Dog!
Director: Dean Murphy
Length: 88 min
|© Transmission - Shane, his Dad and top comics |
schmooze the night away in a film starring . . . jokes!
2.5 - maybe!
Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF)
15-26 March 2018
Cinemas: ACMI, Nova and Kino
For synopses and timetables and ticketing, go to:
Lucky me - I again get to preview a whole assortment of the fab films that are part of this always splendid festival. There are so many stories to which everyone can relate, and some truly top-shelf film-making. No scoring, I've just ranked them in my order of enjoyment.
|Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in a quirky comedy|
Alaska is a Drag: Leo, who works at a fish cannery in Alaska, is the only gay for miles. His beloved sister has cancer, and he is picked on at work. When handsome Declan turns up, both men go into boxing coaching, while Leo also decides to enter the Miss Drag America contest. This is a heart-warming cute story, with much affection for its main characters, who manage to enjoy their lives despite everything.
Queerama: A treat for all film lovers, this doco examines changing LGBTI life through the medium of British film over the past century. Opening with a voice-over expressing archaic attitudes, along with clips from old films, it moves through the changes in society, and filmic representation of those changes, featuring iconic moments from many seminal films dealing with queer life.
Paths: Paths tells a story to which so many can relate - the arc of a long-term relationship, from falling in love, bringing up a child together, then drifting apart, without really knowing why. The lead performances of Mike Hoffman as Andreas and Mathis Reinhardt as Martin are sensitive and utterly believable. A tender, sad story.
Signature Move: Being lesbian, a Pakistani Muslim and living with your mother in Chicago ain't easy. Mother wants to marry off Zaynab but she has other ideas. Zaynab takes up wrestling and meets Alma, a gorgeous Spaniard. This is classic rom-com stuff - hearfelt, plenty of laughs, and culture-clash themes coming thick and fast.
Mr Gay Syria: Shot in Turkey, this doco look at the lives of two Syrian gay refugees involved in the Mr Gay Syria pageant. One is leading a double life with wife and child in Istanbul. The "double-trouble" issues facing people who are not only fleeing warfare, but also sexual persecution, are highlighted.
Rift: Touted as Scandi-noir, Rift feels more like a semi-horror film. Gunnar responds to a phone call from his ex boyfriend Einar, who is living in a remote summer house in Iceland. As the two attempt to reconcile their relationship, there seems to be a strange presence in the isolated house. Creepy at times, but not really memorable.
Mansfield 66/67: A look at the final years of Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield. Framed within a theatrical presentation I could have done without, the film nevertheless sheds a fascinating light on Mansfield's bizarre and melodramatic life, culminating in her relationship with Satan worshippers, and her untimely death.
The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is wholeheartedly recommended!
Director: James Marsh
Length: 102 min
|© StudioCanal - a man not coping at sea - how much|
more stressful can things get!?
3.5 - well recommended!