Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Highlights

Post date: Mar 10, 2012 12:56:26 AM

Dir: Thom Fitzgerald, Canada, 2011, video, 93min

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Relationship, Marriage

Identity: Lesbian

Olympia Dukakis already has a place in the hearts of queers with her brilliant portrayal of Anna Madrigal in the Tales of the City series, not to mention her performances in Steel Magnolias, The Event, and her Oscar-winning role in Moonstruck. Almost singlehandedly cornering the acting market for strong-willed women, and with a mouth to match, in Cloudburst, you ain’t seen – or heard – nothing yet!

Dukakis plays Stella who’s lived with her partner, Dot (Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker), for over 30 years in Maine, USA, but Dot’s grand-daughter thinks the best place for her grandma is in a nursing home. Tricked into signing over the house and forced to move into a home, Dot is busted out by Stella, and the two women decide to high-tail it to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. Getting hitched is their last-gasp bid to stay together. Along the way they pick up sexy hitchhiker, Prentice, a small-town boy turned modern dancer, who’s returning to his Canadian town to visit his dying mother. Will this unorthodox ‘family’ make it across the border in one piece and realise their dreams?

Melbourne Queer Film Festival is touring around and we will be seeing two of the highlights from the festival screened later this month in Adelaide's Mercury Cinema.

Friday 30th Mar | 7:00pm | Cloudburst (M)

Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide.

Friday 30th Mar | 9:00pm | August (M)

Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide.

Dir: Eldar Rappaport, USA, 2011, video, 100min

Genre: Drama, Erotica, Relationship

Identity: Gay

August is a smoldering love triangle that explores trust, love and lust. Charming and handsome Troy (Australian actor Murray Bartlett) has returned home to Los Angeles after a stint in Spain, and catches up with his ex, Jonathan, whose heart he broke several years earlier, in the hope of reigniting their relationship. Although Jonathan thought he’d kicked the habit of his attraction for Troy, his addiction returns with a vengeance, despite his relationship with sexy and devoted Argentine, Raoul. Compounding the problem is the fake marriage Raoul has with Jonathan’s co-worker, in order to secure citizenship that would keep the two men together.