Queer Films Taking The Stage at Sydney Film Festival!

By Isabella Cornell

This year’s Sydney Film Festival’s huge lineup has been released and we are so pleased to see a wide array of LGBTQI films making the cut. Here are some to be sure to check out.

Pulse

Screenwriter, lead actor, editor & producer Daniel Monks started writing this highly personal film in his first year at AFTRS at age 20. Following a gay disabled teenage boy who changes into the body of a beautiful woman, this film explores thematic questions of how our bodies shape who we are, and where is the line between compromising for love and changing yourself to be loved.

Call Me By Your Name

Directed by Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino this adaptation of Andre Aciman’s acclaimed novel of the same name is a coming-of-age queer drama about lovers in sun-kissed Italy in 1983.

Chavela

This film follows the life of Costa-Rican born Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, a trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals. It creates an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

A Fantastic Woman

Starring first-time performer Daniela Vega, this is a grippingly humane tale of grief in which a trans woman deals with the death of her older boyfriend in an intimate exploration of female solitude, sexuality and resilience.

The Ornithologist

From award winning Portuguese arthouse filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues, this queer adaption of the story of Saint Anthony of Padua, is an experimental narrative revolving around one man’s process of awakening to his purpose.

The Wound

Set in South Africa, Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into  manhood when Xolani’s closeted sexuality is revealed and his entire existence begins to unravel. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this film delivers a troubling portrait of the collision between communal and personal identity.

God’s Own Country

Drawing comparison’s to Ang Lee’s iconic Brokeback Mountain, this film comments both on LGBT issues and immigration in post-Brexit Britain in a tale of the developing relationship between a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian migrant worker during spring lambing season.

Make sure to to get to the festival which runs from the 7th-18th June!

You can see the full schedule of films here.

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