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New Queer Cinema

Paul Struthers is the Mardi Gras Film Festival Director. James Woolley is Mardi Gras Film Festival Program Manager and Shorts Programmer.

A common question asked of me, as director of a queer film festival, is whether queer cinema is still “relevant”. And what’s more, does Australian queer cinema still matter? The only answer I can give to these questions is an almighty “yes”.

Being gay in central Sydney, you feel pretty safe walking around most areas, holding your partners hand. Sydney is seen as one of the world’s “gay Meccas”, second only to San Francisco. Sadly, however, we still miss some of the crucial tenets of equality, and that’s something many people forget. Most notably, we still lack the option to marry the person we love. When talking about the relevance of queer cinema, it is these struggles which make it vital—queer cinema demonstrates that the love we share with one another is no different to those in the straight world. [more]

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See your work on ABC2 with our Raw Nerve development and production funding. Submit a script with the theme 'One Night' and if successful you will be part of the development Hot House and receive $3,500 cash budget and $2,500 in kind for production gear and post production facilities. Supported by Screen Australia and ABC2. Deadline 20 Feb.


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AWG's last call for unproduced scripts. Your script needs to demonstrate an ability to withhold and dispense information with intriguing effect, scripts that are structured in a way that keep the audience wanting to know What Happens Next? Entries close 6 February 2015. Enter here.


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