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Prize winning transgender drama headlines at MQFF

Prize winning transgender drama headlines at MQFF

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 17 February 2014 13:02 Written by // Michael Magnusson

The program for this year's Melbourne Queer Film Festival is announced this Thursday and features a mix of new and classic cinema from the last half century.

After its debut screening at the Sundance Film Festival, where it picked up the award for World Cinema Dramatic Directing, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays screened at this month's Berlin International Film Festival, winning two award, the Crystal Bear for Best Film by the festival’s Youth Jury for films screening in the Generation 14Plus program and the ELSE - Siegessaule Readers' Jury Award.

"The MQFF are incredibly excited about our upcoming sneak preview screening of new Australian film 52 Tuesdays,” festival director Lisa Daniel told gaynewsnetwork.

“Shot over 12 months only on a Tuesday, Adelaide filmmaker Sophie Hyde’s film details the story of 16-year-old Billie, who’s life takes an unexpected turn when her single mother reveals plans to gender transition. Dealing with her own emerging sexuality, as well as her mother’s transition, Billie leans on her friends to navigate her challenging journey.

“Kicking goals at the recent Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, 52 Tuesdays also took home the World Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance, and has since been snapped by an excited international sales company.”

Daniel said other highlights include a remastered versions of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to coincide with the film's 20th anniversary, and a screening of the groundreaking 1961 thriller, Victim, starring Dirk Bogarde as a gay lawyer battling a blackmail racket.

“Don’t miss our centrepiece films Bad Hair and Bruce LaBruce’s new film Gerontophilia, and mark in your diaries our special presentations such as Lee Gambin’s celebration of the cartoon queer in his presentation Such Intersssssting Lives and our Melbourne University Gender Studies Department co-presentation documentary and panel screening of Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers”.

The MQFF takes place between March 13 and 24, with full details and session tickets available on February 20. Full details are available at the MQFF website

Pictured: South Australian film maker Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays is one of the featured screenings at this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival


Michael Magnusson

Michael Magnusson

Michael has written for the gay media for over a decade and has also written for a number of journals, magazines and street presses around Melbourne and websites around the world.

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