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The annual Feast Festival is one of the high points for gay and lesbian people in Adelaide. Held every November, the Feast Festival has been growing rapidly in size and popularity to the point where there were almost too many things to do happening all at the same time.
For the first time this year the Feast Film Festival is being held separately from the Feast Festival, giving movie buffs the chance to devote themselves exclusively to the film festival's smorgasbord of queer flicks from around the world. As the same sex movement has expanded to accommodate lesbians, gays, bisexual, intersexed, and questioning (LGBTIQ) people, so has the scope of the films to be shown broadened also.
This gay and lesbian film festival is being held over two weekends at the Mercury Cinema, from June 27-29 and July 4-6. Many of the films have never been seen before in Adelaide, and there will be four Australian premieres too. The films come from across the spectrum - queer documentaries, drama, romances, tragedies and quirky comedies.
It won't come as any surprise that the Feast Film Festival kicks off with a 20th anniversary screening of the iconic Australian film Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Have a camp time dressing in drag, miming and dancing with the film to celebrate the launch of the newest film festival in Adelaide. Of course there's an after party too at Café Caos on Hindley Street, with Adelaide favourite DJ Josh throwing in some 1990's iconic kitsch and queer anthems to keep you dancing. Tickets are available for the film and after party separately, or get both for $40 ($30 concession) including two free drinks and finger food.
Reaching For the Moon (Image Courtesy Queer Screen)
Feast is a truly international film festival, with the best LGBITQ films sourced from around the globe including Germany, Pakistan, Taiwan, Australia, America, Brazil and Canada. Lesbians will love Reaching For the Moon from Brazil, a multi award winning sumptuous 1950s biopic recounting the mid-life period of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (played by Miranda Otto) when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero.
The hilarious all female Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf candid comedy will resonate with everyone who is "gonna" keep their resolution - even when things don't run smoothly.
Out in the Line Up explores and uncovers the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. It's a sport that celebrates an image of free spirited youth and rebellion against the status quo, while leaving gays and lesbians metaphorically and literally out in the cold. Former Australian champion surfer David Wakefield breaks twenty years of silence and comes out, joined by Thomas Castets they shine a light on being gay in the surfing world. See their travels from the east coast of Australia to Hawaii, California, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands, hear their stories and enjoy some spectacular surfing on screen.
Hot Guys With Guns
Hot Guys with Guns - the title says it all. A hilarious gay spoof of the old-fashioned detective story with some beefcake banter, comedy, mystery, and romance thrown in. Marc Samuel and Brian McArdle portray sexy ex-partners who are self appointed amateur detectives. They investigate a crime spree by the notorious "sex party bandits" who are attacking the more privileged echelons of semi-closeted, industry-focused Los Angeles gay high society. It's silly, sexy, and fun.
With nearly twenty amazing gay and lesbian films to choose from, the Feast Film Festival 2014 truly offers a winter feast of entertainment for LGBTIQ and queer people (and their friends) in Adelaide. Several of the films include a Q&A session after the screening to discuss the issues and a unique opportunity to meet the film maker.
For the full Feast Film Festival program, head over to the Feast Festival website or see the Facebook page. Don't miss this opportunity to see fourteen film premieres in Adelaide - you may have to wait another year before you can see them again.