The 2016 Top 5 BQFF Films

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This Friday New Farm Cinema will host the Brisbane Queer Film Festival and the opening night spectacular is 54: The Director’s Cut which follows Shane, a hot bisexual man who uses his looks to get a job at the club and then gets caught up in the scene – dancing, sex, cocaine and morally ambiguous characters.

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Here’s the Top 5 in no particular order


This film is describing just that, the ‘grayscale’ of sexuality. A Chilean man’s bisexuality questioned, in a similar vein to Andrew Haig’s Weekend, this film has the same pace over a few days of the two men meeting each other to falling in love, fantastic sex and ultimate chemistry. It is rare to see such beautiful story telling of male bisexuality on screen. So HOT!


Peter Greenaway fans will be brought back to life with his latest biopic-of-sorts film on the great Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein. A film that has mostly been frowned upon in the great directors’ Russian homeland of late, all the more relevant for the reveal of his resurrection via an act of gay sex. The bombastic moment arrives on screen by way of his lover conquering his virgin backside, “a glitter bomb of a film”, not to be missed. The story delves into the secret life of the Russian film director, unashamedly losing his virginity to a man and uncovering the most wondrous feeling of love and fulfilment by way of his gay lover.


Self proclaimed gender fluid film from the director that brought us ‘KISS ME’ from BQFF 2012, director Alexandra-Therese Keining. Girls Lost follows 3 teenage girls who come upon a plant’s nectar that transitions them into boys at nightfall. It’s part fantasy, part thriller, part trans* and all fluid. Direct from its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, this film is one of a kind for its daring and sensitive portrayal of one characters’ questioning fluidity into adulthood. A rare treat.


This is such a timely film to appear post success of Holding The Man releasing around the country. This documentary is a good companion piece to the novel, play and film – a piece that ties them together for a historic document of Australian gay culture. For fans of the love story that is Tim and John, this film gives new insight to their lives and love. With rare footage and materials that have not been seen publicly before, it is a testament to the directors and their research into one of Australia’s greatest love stories, coming to the screen.


Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake and the short films from Antonio Da Silva, set a precedent in queer film to enlighten audiences of the world’s gay cruising parks and beaches. Everlasting Love revisits this territory, the park where lesbians, and gays frequent, following the story line of a young student and his older bear-esque professor… with the twist of a horror / thriller hook, you wont be able to take your eyes from the chemistry on screen. Every character oozes with sexual freedom.

A special thanks to BQFF curator Shannon King for providing the top 5.