Exploring queer film against a broader cultural, political and cinematic backdrop
2021 Festival Double: Queer Screen Film Fest and Taiwan Film Festival
This week on Out Takes, we celebrated the return of the Queer Screen Film Fest, which commenced from September 16 online for 10 days. Our guests were festival director Lisa Rose, and Alex Liu, whose new documentary A SEXPLANATION screens as part of the festival. A SEXPLANATION follows director Alex Liu on a personal journey of self discovery, as he turns his pursuit of shame-free pleasure into a call for comprehensive sex education.
In addition to spotlighting the Queer Screen Film Fest, we spoke to Festival Director Benson Wu about the Taiwan Film Festival in Australia. Now in it’s fourth year, the Festival features the latest in Taiwanese film making – including some great new queer fare. The Taiwan Film Festival of Australia also kicked off on 16 September.
Cinderella and MISS
This week on Out Takes, we celebrated the release of CINDERELLA on Amazon Prime. From director Kay Cannon, CINDERELLA is a new juke box musical starring Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter. It’s also the latest film in a rich pantheon of CINDERELLA adaptations and rags to riches stories.
We took this opportunity to look back at the rich tradition of CINDERELLA story telling, including the new film MISS from director Ruben Alves. MISS stars Alexandre Wetter and tells the story of a young man who pursues his dream of competing in the Miss France Beauty Pageant.
One for the Content Creators
This week on Out Takes, we spoke with two Australian content creators, Julie Kalceff & Oliver Ross.
Both Julie and Oliver have recently had stories featured in Screen Australia’s Authentic Storytelling series, spotlighting the importance of not only telling authentic trans stories, but also supporting trans and gender diverse creatives to create their own.
First up, we hear from Oliver Ross who has worked on over 100 creative projects across film, theatre and advocacy as a production, costume & lighting designer, writer, festival screener and producer. Oliver’s article captured the pressures of visibility, and his hopes to open up discussions around the experiences of trans and gender diverse creatives.
We are then joined by writer, director and producer Julie Kalceff who is busily working in post on Season 2 of television series First Day. Julie’s an award-winning Australian writer, director, and producer – well known for online lesbian drama series Starting From Now which has amassed more than 170 million views in 230 countries. Julie joins us to discuss the origins of First Day and the learnings from this ground-breaking television series.
Read their articles here:
FIRST DAY: A CASE STUDY by Julie Kalceff
Writer, director and producer Julie Kalceff on authentic casting, working with communities and learnings from First Day.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRANS CREATIVES by Oliver Ross
From casting to the pressures of visibility, Oliver Ross hopes to open up discussions around the experiences of trans and gender diverse creatives.
In Screen Australia’s Authentic Storytelling series, members of the Australian screen sector share their thoughts on why authenticity is important, challenges they have faced, and how the industry can do better. Subscribe to Screen Australia’s newsletter for additions to the series.
Out Takes MIFF 2021 In Review
In this episode of Out Takes, we looked back at the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Festival had initially planned to take viewers back into cinemas, but last minute lockdown measures across Victoria forced the Festival back online for a second year. The Festival streamed on MIFF Play, the Festival’s online streaming platform, from 5 to 22 August 2021, offering movie lovers across the country some welcome escapism and entertainment. In this episode, we reviewed some of our favorite films and queer highlights from the offerings on MIFF Play. We also spoke with Mia Falstein-Rush, MIFF Shorts Programmer, about about this years incredibly diverse selection of shorts on offer and the 2021 MIFF short film Award winners.
The Future of Feature Film Making with Lean Filmmaking, For Films Sake and Attagirl
This week we spoke with two Australian content creators who are taking the traditional model of making films and turning it on its head, making it more inclusive and accessible to get more diverse films made and on our screens.
First up, we hear from one of our favourite guests on Out Takes, the one and only Kylie Eddy. She’s a writer, director, producer and filmmaker and she can now add published author to her long list of achievements with her new book ‘The Art of Lean Filmmaking – An unconventional guide to creating independent feature films’ which she has co-written with her collaborator and brother David. The book is out now and available to purchase as an e-book and in paperback; for full details visit leanfilmmaking.com and on Instagram.
Then when we heard from Sophie Mathison, the Executive director and founder of For Films Sake, Australia’s flagship film organisation providing opportunity for marginalised filmmakers in production, distribution and cultural exhibition. We hear all about this fantastic initiative and also about Attagirl, a first-of-its-kind film lab supporting Australian and international female and non-binary filmmaking teams getting their feature films made.
Melbourne International Film Festival 2021 – part 2
We continued our coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival on Out Takes this week by speaking with the Festival’s Artistic Director, Al Cossar. Catch up on the program and hear about some of the many great LGBTIQ films screening at this year’s Festival and find out how how you can access the festival from your own home with MIFF Play.
Your podcast is a Joy to listen to
I really enjoy listening to your discussions and have added many a film to my watch list after listening to an episode. All the best for 2020!