Wednesday 9 March 2016
What We Are Looking Forward To At MQFF
The HRAFF team attended the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016 program launch on 2 March – and what a line-up!
Program Director Spiro Economopoulos launched his first MQFF program at the event and we were introduced to a few new additions to the traditional program of features, documentaries and shorts from Australia and around the world. There will be an Avant Gays cinema theme, a late-night film event called Out There, a new music stream called Proud and Loud and a Reiner Werner Fassbinder Retrospective.
Three trailers were screened at the launch, including the opening night film That’s Not Us.
From this taster, we at HRAFF just can’t wait! Here are our picks:
After reading Timothy Conigrave’s memoir and seeing the 2015 film Holding the Man, I’m looking forward to the doco Remembering the Man, and delving even deeper into this essential and too-often-neglected history in the making of modern Australia: LGBTQ activism and the AIDS crisis.
– Matilda McKenna, HRAFF Festival Administrator
I’m really looking forward to Jamie Babbit’s latest film Addicted to Fresno featuring Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne. Her hilarious 1999 black comedy But I’m a Cheerleader is one of the great American indies and so I can’t wait to see her absurdist sense of humour played out by the brilliant pairing of Greer and Lyonne.
– Lauren Valmadre, HRAFF Programming Manager
I’m really excited to see Naz & Maalik which explores the dynamic between two closeted teens and how their lives change when their sexual identity is uncloaked through FBI surveillance. Capturing a fragment of their lives over one fateful Brooklyn summer, the exploration of the conflict between their sexual and cultural identities will be an interesting narrative to see played out on the big screen.
– Vy Wijekumar, HRAFF Marketing & Development Manager
The Melbourne Queer Film Festival runs March 31 to April 11.