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Every year in March, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival presents a programme of daring and thoughtful films across key city cinemas...

From short films to documentaries, good films, eye candy films, challenging films, special presentations, Q&As, panels and awards, MQFF covers a lot of ground and does its best to tick all the Rainbow Alphabet boxes. The 23rd MQFF promises to entertain, excite, outrage and appall us all. Here are just a few choice flicks to look out for.

About Cherry

A young girl (played by Ashley Hinshaw) is lured into the porn industry by a bullying and corrupt lawyer (played by James Franco) and an old-hand porn star (played by Heather Graham).

Cockpit

This Swedish flick sounds like a hoot, as a male pilot dons a frock to secure a new job as a female captain, but is soon the object of his lesbian colleague’s affections. Forget Swedish meatballs, this is Swedish Screwball!

Struck by Lightning

Glee actor Chris Colfer stars as a smalltown boy who dreams of bigger things. The impressive cast includes Dermot Mulroney, Alison Janney, Christina Hendricks and Australian comic actor on the rise Rebel Wilson.

Yossi

Israeli director picks up where he left off with Yossi and Jagger, ten years on. He now lives as a closeted cardiologist struggling with the loss of his lover. It’s an intriguing insight into how things have changed for Israeli gay men.

Also worth catching is the Oz Shorts showcase, a collection of Australian short films all eligible for the City of Melbourne Award, and your humble Queer Editor, Tim Hunter, is helping with the judging process. I'll also be appearing on a panel, Queering the Small Screen, talking about gay characters on TV with other special guests.

By Tim Hunter   |   Photos by I Want Your Love

Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2013 details

Address
ACMI Cinemas and Hoyts Melbourne Central
Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Price $8.00 to $325.00

Date 14 Mar 2013-24 Mar 2013

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