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By Sarah Ward
February 17, 2020
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By Sarah Ward
February 17, 2020
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UPDATE: MARCH 15, 2020 — Melbourne Queer Film Festival has announced that, due to COVID-19, the 2020 festival will be suspended from Monday, March 16.  "While recent advice from the Chief Medical Officer does not directly impact MQFF, we feel that suspending the festival is the best decision at this time," the festival announced in an email to ticket holders.

The festival is hoping to reschedule the remainder of the program at a later date, and will be in contact with ticket holders with further details. We'll let you know when more information is announced.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.

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What starts with a documentary about the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus touring America's deep south, ends with queer feminist vampires, and features everything from big stars and local hits to cult classics in-between? That'd be this year's Melbourne Queer Film Festival — and 2020's MQFF lineup isn't just any old MQFF lineup, either. With the festival turning 30, it's celebrating with 113 features, documentaries and shorts across 12 jam-packed days.

Screening at Village Jam Factory, The Capitol and Cinema Nova between Thursday, March 12–Monday, March 23, MQFF boasts plenty to keep you glued to its big screens in 2020, showcasing — as it always does — the best and brightest in LGBTQIA+ movies. When you're not watching Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart recreate the story of accused murderer Lizzie Borden in Lizzie, you can catch Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Golding in Vietnam-set drama Monsoon — or check out Sydney-set thriller Sequin in a Blue Room and four-decade-old trailblazing German comedy Taxi zum Klo.

Other highlights include festival favourite And Then We Danced, which follows a dancer in the National Georgian Ensemble; Baby Jane, a Finnish psychosexual melodrama; Don't Look Down, where five French strangers gather in an apartment to get revenge on a former lover; and Canadian thriller Spiral, which has been likened to Get Out and Hereditary — but with a gay spin.

Or, if you're keen on documentaries, you can explore Judy Garland's legend in Sid & Judy, step through Chelsea Manning's tale in XY Chelsea, follow four child drag queens in Drag Kids and reassesses the 90s-era wonders of Showgirls with You Don't Nomi.

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