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Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2020

Spend 11 days watching 16 LGBTQIA+ films — and a heap of shorts — from around the world.
By Sarah Ward
February 11, 2020
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Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2020

Spend 11 days watching 16 LGBTQIA+ films — and a heap of shorts — from around the world.
By Sarah Ward
February 11, 2020
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For the past two decades, the Brisbane Queer Film Festival has brought the best and brightest in LGBTQIA+ cinema to this city of ours — and it's back to just that all over again for its 21st outing. Running across 11 days between Thursday, March 15–Sunday, March 25 at New Farm Cinemas, the 2020 lineup includes 16 features and a heap of short films, spanning everything from highly acclaimed dramas to engaging documentaries.

In the first camp is opening night's And Then We Danced, which plunges into the Georgian dance scene in a stunning and moving fashion. In the latter category, viewers can look forward to Queer Japan — which explores exactly what its title suggests, and highlights the full spectrum of queer expression in the Asian nation today.

Other standouts include Monsoon, starring Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) as a man returning to Vietnam for the first time since he was six; Gender Derby, a documentary about a gender-fluid transgender boy who loves roller derby; and So Pretty, which follows young queers in New York City by using fictional and semi-doco techniques. Drama Port Authority also drifts around NYC, specifically its ballroom community, while Australian flick Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt) explores teenage love — and documentary Changing the Game tells the stories of transgender high-school athletes.

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