7 BQFF Movies You Must Watch


Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways is an absolute must see film. It blew my mind when I saw it and now it’s Brisbane’s turn. Buckle up! I wrote an article on it last year, read the Laurence Anyways article here.

Sarah Neal, who programs the Brisbane Queer Film Festival, was on the jury that awarded the 2012 Queer Palm award to Laurence Anyways at Cannes Film Festival. She said, ‘It’s an epic film.’ You bet it is.


Keep the Lights On

Earning the honour of opening the Brisbane Queer Film Festival is Ira Sachs’ film Keep the Lights On. In Manhattan, Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns. Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

Directly after is the Opening Night Party where Trevor Ashley will perform he’s famous and scandalous Ms Liza (On an E), taking all us to the big Apple New York, New York! My sources tell me we’re in for a BIG treat! The party doesn’t end there it continues at the official after party at the Wickham Hotel.


Ballroom Rules

This is a big one. Filmed here in Australia, Ballroom Rules is doco about Aussie same-sex couples who just want to dance together despite outside opposition. Not willing to wait around, in true Aussie spirit they head off to Germany to compete in the Gay Games. Where a man dancing with a man is the norm. I personally can’t wait to see this one.



What does it feel like to be born in the wrong the body? Trans is a doco about real people who struggle with being in the wrong body. I’m very curious about this film because there is a lot about the trans community that I feel I can learn from. Even within the gay community they are misunderstood. I hope after this doco I and others can appreciate what it’s like and yet I don’t think we’ll ever really know.



If you love comedies you’re going to love Gayby. We’ve all heard and you might even been one of the guys who has donated sperm to fulfill ones dream of parenthood. Well Matt (gay) helps Jenn (straight) get pregnant the old fashioned way!


A Map For a Talk

At sea is the Chilean lesbian drama that comes with it’s ups and downs just as the tide of life does. Chileans can be proud of this movie it has substance.


Joshua Tree 1951. A Portrait of James Dean

I was hooked from the very second. Just watch the trailer. You “might fall in love too easily.”