2018 MQFF Announces Special Guests!


The 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) is just around the corner and to help us celebrate we’re delighted to confirm that several exciting guests will be in town for the festivities, including directorPaul Oremland (100 MEN), director Jennifer Gerber (THE REVIVAL) actor Lucinda Armstrong Hall (PORCUPINE LAKE) and director Arshad Khan (ABU). 


All will be attending Q&A sessions of their films, as will Melbourne-based filmmakers Angie Black (THE FIVE PROVOCATIONS) plus Caitlin Farrugia and Michael Jones (SO LONG).


Renowned New Zealand filmmaker, Paul Oremland will be at MQFF to present his sometimes titillating, often heartbreaking tour through his sexual conquests in the fascinating documentary, 100 MEN (featured image) Born gay in New Zealand to deeply religious parents at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence, Oremland fled ‘the land of the long white cloud’ for London in the late 1970s and found himself living in Soho where he swiftly embraced an uninhibited lifestyle, completely at odds with his conservative upbringing.  This warm-hearted and very frank tour through his sexual past also doubles as a remarkably relatable lesson in queer history.

– Paul Oremland will be in Melbourne on Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 March.

– 100 MEN will be screen on Saturday 17 March @ 3.15pm at ACMI Cinemas


Presenting her feature debut THE REVIVAL will be Jennifer Gerber, a dynamic young American director whose atmospheric tale tells the story of Eli (David Rysdahl), a married Southern Baptist preacher who finds himself succumbing to a very forbidden desire in the form of rugged drifter Daniel (Zachary Booth). This darkly wry drama examines the excruciating inner debate between Eli’s homosexuality and his devotion to God, set amongst a world of potluck dinners, gossipy church ladies and repressed emotions.

– Jennifer Gerber will be in Melbourne from Friday 17 to Saturday 18 March

– THE REVIVAL will screen on Sunday 18 March @ 9.30pm at ACMI Cinemas                           


Another guest will be young Australian actor Lucinda Armstrong Hall whose dazzling performance in the wistful and tender Canadian feature, PORCUPINE LAKE, has seen her nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the impending Canadian Screen Awards.  Director Ingrid Veninger’s (HE HATED PIGEONS, MQFF 2016) drama is a complex look at how friendships can shape both our lives and our dreams when timid Torontonian Bea (Charlotte Salisbury), falls in with knockabout Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), following her family’s move to northern Ontario.

– Lucinda, who is Melbourne-based, will be at the Festival to present PORCUPINE LAKE

– PORCUPINE LAKE will screen on Sunday18 March @ 1.15pm at ACMI Cinemas         


Also flying in will be director Arshad Khan, whose multi-award winning documentary, ABU, which will have its Australian Premiere at MQFF.  Throughout this compelling tale, Khan bravely puts himself front and centre as he documents his family’s move from Pakistan to Toronto. Struggling to assimilate and find work, his parents retreat to a stricter way of life which clashes with Khan’s own personal awakening and successful career as a budding filmmaker. Using an inventive blend of animation, home movies and clips from old Bollywood movies, Khan has crafted a powerful look at the toll of migration on family and presents a personal portrait of liberation and acceptance, modernity and familiarity.

– Arshad Khan will be in Melbourne from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 March.

– ABU will screen on Saturday 24 March @ 3.30pm at ACMI Cinemas


All MQFF guests will be available for select interviews upon request.


MQFF Listing Details:

Event:   Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2018

When:  Thursday 15 March to Monday 26 March

Venues: ACMI, Kino Cinemas and Cinema Nova

Website:  www.mqff.com.au



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