If you don’t watch these 10 gay movies at Brisbane Queer Film Festival and you’ll be the one missing out!
These are the top 10 movies that are really exciting. So without further ado, get clicking, sink your teeth into these and spread the word.
1 Out In The Line Up
Just like a rip can pull you away, Out In The Line Up will pull you under and off shore. It looks at how gay men and woman struggle for their right to just catch a wave within the surfer community. What’s cool about this doco? Firstly, it’s Aussie made and secondly it’s the opening night movie for Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2014. Expect beautiful turquoise scenes with surfers twisting and turning across the screen.
2 Victim (1961)
This British thriller caused a storm of controversy in the 1960s. Its recent re-release begs a second look at the forgotten classic . In its time, when homosexuality was illegal in England, Victim was considered one of the most daring films ever made in Britain. Taken at face value, the screenplay is nothing new; a lawyer agrees to defend an old friend on a theft charge, only to be enmeshed in a blackmailing scheme. However, the lawyer had once been the male lover of his client. Startling filmgoers of the 1960s, the homosexuals shown in Victim were seemingly normal, everyday blokes; a far cry from the stereotyped nance characters common to films.It was the first time that a gay hero ever appeared onscreen.
3 In the Name Of
Whilst taking over a small parish in the middle of nowhere, Father Adam is forced to confront a long-forgotten burden and passion. Having organised a community centre for boys with troubled pasts, Father Adam is accepted by the locals as one of their own. Everybody wants to be close to Adam, feeding off of his vitality and power, but no one knows he harbours his own secret.
4 Vic and Flo Saw A Bear
Victoria just got out on parole, tasting freedom for the first time in years. Florence, who has already done her time, reconnects with her former lover from prison. Seeking peace and quiet, they hole up in a shack in the woods, relearning life on the outside. The couple slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic’s probation officer, Guillaume, keeps unexpectedly popping up and a strange woman in the neighbourhood turns out to be a menacing shadow from Flo’s past.
5 Camp Beaverton: Meet The Beavers
Welcome to Camp Beaverton, the all women, trans-inclusive sex-positive camp at Burning Man.
Burning Man is an infamous annual eight-day radical arts festival and social experiment held in Nevada, USA. Go inside Camp Beaverton’s experimental make-shift community that hosts events like clit-tail social hours and the infamous strap-on-athon – possibly the largest play party for women on the planet. Meet some of the members of this close-knit group of queers, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and straight women engaged in radical self-expression, open communication and exploration of their sexual boundaries.
6 Interior. Leather Bar.
Inspired by the myth of the rumoured-to-be lost gay S&M footage from the controversial 1980 Pacino film Cruising, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to create their own take on the missing footage.
Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and “off camera” as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. As much about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, Interior. Leather Bar. defies easy categorisation.
Two young men in Buenos Aires meet and begin an erotic , intimate relationship. Secrets from their past are revealed in this sexy yet uncomfortably chilling tale of love and deception .Handsome middle class Manuel, hurt by his previous relationship and bored of being alone, meets Julio, a rugged, lonely, unemployed young man. Beginning the relationship in a chat room, the two eventually meet up in person and the sexual spark is quickly ignited. While sex is satisfying and frequent, it’s their collective problems with intimacy, trust and the fear of being hurt that make them hesitant to fully commit.As their relationship develops, both men reveal secrets from their past. Are these revelations real, imagined or outright lies? Who is being truthful, who is real and who truly loves the other? All is revealed in this shocking and strangely satisfying romantic thriller.
8 Monster Pies
Monster Pies is about the hurdles of coming out, bullying and parental and societal disapproval. BQFF ambassador Tyronne Curtis talks to actor Tristan Barr about these necessary subjects and how every generation should have a film to relate to as they navigate their own coming out process. Tristan Barr has been in feature length films including Monster Pies (Best Film at MQFF 2013), Beckoning the Butcher, 48 Shades and Girl Clock. Tristan has also had recurring roles in the TV shows The Sleep Over Club and Your Worst Animal Nightmares. A screening of Monster Pies will follow the Q&A.
Clueless meets Mean Girls and Pretty in Pink in this coming-of-age comedy. Brent longs for the spotlight and believes that coming out will make him the newest must have teen girl “accessory”: the GBF (Gay Best Friend). Tanner would rather fly under the radar and graduate from high school without ever being noticed. When things go awry, Tanner is outed instead of Brent and the two go from BFFs to instant frenemies. The three most popular girls in school, queen-of-mean-bombshell Fawcett, drama club diva Caprice and sweet Mormon good-girl ‘Shley, launch an all-out social war to win Tanner’s status-enhancing friendship. Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he’s leaving behind. GBF Fluffy will follow the film at Family Nightclub.
10 Free Fall
Ending off on a bang!
Marc, a young police cadet with a pregnant girlfriend named Bettina, find himself drawn to his rebellious and handsome roommate, Kay. As they share joints, forbidden swims and runs in the forest, a palpable chemistry arises between the two, creating a roiling tension within Marc. The feelings deepen when Kay unexpectedly transfers to Marc’s department and a full-blown romance develops. With increased and unexplained absences, the romance begins to have far-reaching effects on the men’s friends and loved ones.