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MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2019

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FESTIVAL FEATURE
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By Charlie David Page
10th March 2019

Celebrating its 29th season, Australia’s longest-running and largest LGBTIQ+ Film Festival takes place from Thursday 14 March to Monday 25 March 2019.

Fiercely flying the rainbow flag, the SWITCH team has collected our reviews from the festival for you to take a look at in one convenient location. Make sure you check back, as we'll include new films as they're added!

The Ice King - So much more than a champion figure skater
THE ICE KING
A great starting off point to learn more about John Curry, but it’s sadly not the be-all and end-all biography of this tragic yet beautiful life.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING
It's ridiculously fun, guaranteed to make you smile. Showing a truly positive side to same-sex marriage between two people who wholly adore each other, what more could you want to make your heart soar?
Love, Cecil - A playful portrait of a great twentieth century artist
LOVE, CECIL
Executed with energy, playfulness and clarity, ‘Love, Cecil’ is about a wonderful portrait of Cecil Beaton. It’s impossible not to walk away with a greater appreciation for him as an artist.
Malila: The Farewell Flower - Contemplating love and loss
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER
Though the film suffers from massive pacing issues, this is an interesting glimpse at rural Thai culture, and a genuine attempt to show a love that’s far from superficial.
Making Montgomery Clift - Family and legacy in the shadow of a Hollywood icon
MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT
Even with its shortcomings, it's far more handsomely and intelligently crafted than you would expect, making it a competent and sometimes fascinating portrait of this cinema and queer icon.
Sunburn - Barely warm
SUNBURN
there is something in their cinema-making that feels like it’s produced only for their cultural elite, and maybe that’s why ‘Sunburn’ will leave you cold.
Mapplethorpe - A monochrome portrait of a colourful photographer
MAPPLETHORPE
The work of Matt Smith and the film’s well-developed style deserve a better vehicle than the screenplay they’re paired with. If only it had pushed the boundaries as much as Mapplethorpe’s own work.
The Happy Prince - Whimsical Wilde’s woeful washout
THE HAPPY PRINCE
Clearly a passion project for Rupert Everett, this is a faithful approximation of the last dark days of Oscar Wilde's life. It's definitely not your average "start from nothing, rise to fame" biopic.
Rafiki - A future LGBT classic
RAFIKI
The film was banned in its home country of Kenya, where homosexuality is a criminal offence that can result in a lengthy prison sentence. It just makes ‘Rafiki’ feel like even more of a triumph.
Wild Nights with Emily - A walk on the (not so) wild side
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Unfortunately, 'Wild Nights with Emily' is never as compelling as its subject matter implies it would be.
TransMilitary - Powerful and Important filmmaking
TRANSMILITARY
'TransMilitary' is gut-wrenching, funny, poignant and important documentary making. It's an example of documentary making at its finest. It's urgent and unmissable. Do yourself a favour and see it.
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