Picks for MQFF
Here in the city of film festivals, a very special festival is about to start: the 23rd annual Melbourne Queer Film Festival. To celebrate 23 years of desperately trying to find one or two decent films in the sea of awkward lesbian horror and gay romcoms which centre around an elaborate plan to suck off a straight guy, we’ve decided to let you in on our film scouring secrets, and tell you our picks for this years festival.
1. Two Weddings and a Funeral, South Korea
Scenes from this movie started popping up on our Tumblr dashboard a few months ago. It’s about two doctors, Min-Soo and Hyo-Jin, one male, one female, both doctors and both gay, getting married so that Hyo-Jin can adopt a child and Min-Soo can shut up his parents. They live in neighbouring apartments and hilarity ensues every time the parents come to visit.
2. A Perfect Ending, U.S.A
This film is about, Rebecca, a wealthy, suburban housewife who has never had an orgasm and enlists a sexy high-end call girl to address this matter. It was rated 10/10 by numerous random lesbians on YouTube, although, another YouTube user claimed, “It sucked d***”. At the end of the day, this one offers guaranteed lezzy action if nothing else.
3. I Do, U.S.A
Like Two Weddings and a Funeral, I Do involves a marriage of convenience, this time in order to obtain a green card. It shows an example of the struggles that marriage inequality can create, so it’s a good one to watch with a disbeliever.
4. Facing Mirrors, Iran/Germany
This film has won heaps of awards at other film festivals, and not just audience awards either. It’s about a handsome FTM leaving Iran for Germany, or trying to. This is the first feature film about transexuality to come from Iran.
5. Oz Shorts, Straya Mate
Think about it. This is a session of shorts by Australian filmmakers. Who’s going to be in the audience? Gay and Lesbian film industry babes and their friends! You want to be there.
6. About Cherry, U.S.A; Peaches Does Herself, Germany; & Struck By Lightning, U.S.A
These are all Hollywood type productions with biggish name stars, so we think they’re pretty safe. Struck By Lightning has Rebel Wilson in it, and she could make watching paint dry funny.
7. Mosquita y Mari, U.S.A
Okay, every year since Thirteen, a movie comes out with the same narrative and every year it packs ACMI cinemas. A budding lesbian befriends the high school slut and basically allows her to give her a severe case of blue balls. I don’t know why we love to torture ourselves watching these movies, but this one was an official Sundance selection, so there was either a fellow tortured lesbian on the Sundance panel, or this might actually be good.
Whatever you watch at MQFF, just make sure you go! It’s one of the longest running queer film festivals in the world, and it’s a privilege to host it in our city.