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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 28, 2021

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The Brisbane Queer Film Festival Returns for its 21st Year

The Brisbane Queer Film Festival Returns for its 21st Year
Cleo Elizabeth

One of Brisbane’s queer calendar highlights is back in 2020, presenting a huge selection of queer cinema to attract Brisbane’s LGBTQ community, allies, and cinephiles alike.

The 21st edition of the Brisbane Queer Film Festival is packed with films that celebrate the diversity of Brisbane’s LGBTQ+ community, with bold, defiant and refreshingly authentic films both by and for the queer community. Running from 5 – 15th March at New Farm Cinemas, the event spotlights the stories that travel beyond the binary and introduces a range of emerging voices in Brisbane film.

Films from renowned queer filmmakers assemble the line-up, with 9 features, 3 shorts, 5 documentaries, and 2 free sessions. 13 Queensland premieres and 3 Australian premieres will be showcased.

Some of the most unmissable films being screened include Swedish-born German filmmaker Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced, which debuted in the Director’s Fortnight section of Cannes in in 2019. Sydney director Monica Zanetti’s new romantic comedy feature Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) will also appear, featuring a star-studded Australian cast comprising of Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King), Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok), Julia Billington (Mr. Inbetween) and Zoe Terakes (Wentworth).

Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) stars in Monsoon (directed by Henry Khaou) as a Vietnamese-born man returning to his home country. Berlinale Teddy-winning Argentinian director Macro Berger’s Young Hunter will also be showing, following a brooding teen discovering his sexuality.

In the documentary category, sits Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Barnett’s US flick Changing the Gamea timely and intimate look into the lives of three transgender high school students.

Once again, BQFF celebrates its independence as part of the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance alongside queer film festival leaders in Taiwan, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul.

A full list of the films screening at the festival is linked below.


What: Brisbane Queer Film Festival
When: 5 – 15 March 2020
Where: New Farm Cinemas, 701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005
Website: Here
Session Times, Trailers & Full List of Films Showing: Here
Tickets: $15 – $23 (Here)

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