Yay - it's back in all its colourful splendour. This year marks the Brisbane Queer Film Festival's twentieth year anniversary. A great milestone, which I think you will agree is worth celebrating: with 20 films for 20 years. The festival has been a highlight of the Brisbane queer community calendar since its inception, and even more so since it became independent in 2017. This gender diverse festival returns in 2019 to present and empower LGBTIQA film, filmmakers and screen content. This year's Brisbane Queer Film Festival is on for eleven glorious days from Thursday 7th March to Sunday 17th March 2019. It is again being held at the beautiful art deco New Farm Cinemas at 701 Brunswick Street in New Farm. If you haven't been to this retro cinema yet, you are in for a real treat as it is one of Brisbane's finest.
Here is my pick for the Festival: * Wild Nights With Emily
Enjoy a wild night with Wild Nights with Emily on the closing night of the Festival, Sunday 17th March. Molly Shannon is the poetess and lesbian feminist hero, Emily Dickinson, in this dramatic comedy. It is directed by Madeleine Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and The Foxy Merkins). The poet's persona, popularised since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster — a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. Wild Nights With Emily explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years; most notably Emily's lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, the mistress of Emily's brother along with editor T.W. Higginson published Emily's poems. A fierce rivalry between Emily's lover and her brother's mistress in making known the work of this great poet is also the story of two sets of passionate, illicit lovers struggling for a place in history. The film was made in 2018 in the USA in English. It is a shortish film running for only 76 minutes and the classification is 15.
Wild Nights with Emily (courtesy of organiser)
Good to know: There is ample local street parking located in the area.
There is a bar at the venue where you can purchase beverages and snacks. Strictly no BYO drinks or food. EFTPOS facilities are available. Grab your partners and friends as everyone is welcome to join in for this social festival and I look forward to seeing you there. For the programme and further details see the BQFF website.