The Bendigo Queer Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Chris Walters in collaboration with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival - (who have been major supporters of the BQFF since its inception)
In its inaugural year, the Bendigo Queer Film Festival achieved an overall attendance exceeding 300 people from all over Victoria and interstate. In subsequent years the patronage has steadily increased as more people become aware of the annual event. In total, 219 films have been screened.
Bendigo Queer Film Festival (BQFF) is now in its twelfth year. We are very proud to be one of the few regional centres Australia wide, which hosts its very own queer film festival.
The BQFF provides cultural and artistic opportunities to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people living in Central Victoria.
Bendigo Queer Film Festival is recognised as a significant event by the LGBTIQ community and by the City of Greater Bendigo. We are proud of this special event, which showcases queer talent and attracts interstate and international visitors to our region.
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
"Wild Nights With Emily may be Olnek's most political film to date, one that could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet" - Indiewire
Dir: Madeleine Olnek, USA, 2018, 84 mins, Courtesy: Film Collaborative
Director Madeleine Olnek’s (The Foxy Merkins,2013) wonderfully droll and very contemporary period comedy Wild Nights with Emily finally gives poet Emily Dickinson the queer love story she deserves.
The ever wonderful Molly Shannon stars as Dickinson who if history had its way would be considered one of the most famous spinster poets, too timid to even publish her own work. This highly entertaining and sharply feminist film address this misconception and presents us with an Emily, brimming with passion, agency and love for her brother’s wife Susan, the inspiration for her most romantic poems.
THE ICE KING
John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy; ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, this is a man forever on the run: from his father’s ghost, his country, and even his own self. Above all, an artist and an athlete whose body time and time again –sometimes against his will– becomes a political battlefield.
Dir: James Erskine, UK, 2018, 89 mins, Courtesy: Madman films
Untold Histories is a locally made documentary telling the compelling stories of LGBTI Senior citizens living in Central Victoria, Australia.
Dir: Issie Soudy, Australia, 2018, 45 mins
MQFF’s jewel in the crown is back with another exciting collection of films showcasing new and returning Australian filmmaking talent. These exciting voices and stories take on subjects as diverse as coming out and running away from a dangerous cult, a confidant that is very ‘fishy’, a feminist protest in a small country pub and a young man grappling with an evangelical church and his emerging desire for men.
Sammy the Salmon Dir: Jake Shannon, 2018, 6 mins
Cherry Season Dir: Joshua Longhurst, 2018, 13 mins
Joy Boy Dir: Stef Smith, 2018, 9 mins
Great Again Dir: Kirrilee Bailey, 2018, 6 mins
Shepherd Dir: Clay Waddell, 2018, 11 mins
Ladies Lounge Dir: Monique Bettello, 2018, 8 mins
Broken Dir: Stevie Cruz-Martin, 2018, 10 mins
Bodies Dir: Laura Nagy, 2018, 15 mins
Jupiter Dir: Michael Zito, 2018, 13 mins
Total run time: 91 mins
Winner Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest 2018
Dir: Jamie Patterson, UK, 2018, 80 mins, Courtesy: Film Collaborative
When veteran UK drag queen Jackie Collins (played poignantly by London film and stage veteran Derren Nesbitt) receives a fatal diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. This award-winning feel-good comedy sparkles with charm, humour and a sprinkle of good-natured shade.
"Matt Smith brings the controversial photographer to vivid life" – The Wrap
Dir: Ondi Timoner, USA, 2018, 102 mins, Courtesy: Film Collaborative
The controversial gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe brought to vivid life his innermost sexual fantasies, fetishes and desires, becoming in the process one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His legendary life and death has been documented many times before through documentary and countless biographies.
Director Ondi Timoner and star Matt Smith bring an unflinching honesty to their portrayal, unafraid to show the more unattractive and complex aspects of this great photographer’s persona, while in the process documenting a vital and exciting time in New York City that gave rise to artists such as Mapplethorpe’s once lover and creative partner, Patti Smith who also features heavily in this fascinating portrait of a trailblazing artist.
“An affecting and, despite present circumstances, hopeful doco” – Hollywood Reporter
Dir: Fiona Dawson, Gabriel Silverman, USA, 2018, 93 mins, Courtesy: Film Collaborative
The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in 2010 freed gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the US military for the first time. But more than 15,000 transgender military personnel were still officially banned. Transmilitary charts the attempts of a group of activists to repeal the ban, with success in the dying days of the Obama administration but challenged by the 2017 policy reinstatement by Donald Trump. It expertly traces the policy changes through the experiences of four dedicated military personnel – Jenn, Laila, Logan and El – who risk their careers by coming out as transgender. A timely, important and thoroughly engaging documentary.
A KID LIKE JAKE
“Affecting and immersive, A Kid Like Jake tells its tale in a way that anyone who’s raised a child will be able to relate to” - Eye For Film
Dir: Silas Howard, USA, 92 mins Courtesy: Madman Films
In director Silas Howard’s (Transparent) modern drama, Park Slopers Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons) have a four-year-old-son Jake, who has always openly liked “girly” things. Daunted by the prospect of kindergarten in the New York City competitive enrollment system, the open-minded parents are taken aback when it’s suggested to them that they emphasize Jake’s non-adhering gender status as a way to give him an edge with getting into a private school.