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52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013) wr. Matthew Cormack, Sophie Hyde; Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Bert, Imogen Archer; family drama: gender reassignment; Adelaide FF, October 2013; art; Aust release 1 May 2014
Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The (Stephan Elliott, 1994) Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce; 98 min.
Bad News Bachelors (Franco di Chiera, 1990) short, prod. wr. Franco di Chiera, production in association with the Australian Film Commission, with Nicholas Papademetriou, Helen Dallas, Greg Iverson, Deidre Brock-Jones; comedy about singles in the inner-city area of Sydney where finding a lover is not as easy as it seems; Stuart and Karen spend much of their time in coffee shops sharing experiences; They have a lot in common including some adventurous attempts at solving their problems; Stuart puts an advertisement in the gay personal column and Karen decides to visit a dating service; 27 min.
Belinda (Pamela Gibbons, 1988) aka Midnight Dancer; would-be ballerina works as showgirl in nightclub; repressed lesbianism (according to Scott Murray)
Carlotta (Samantha Lang, 2014) wr. David Hannam in consultation with Carlotta, prod. Riccardo Pellizzeri, Lara Radulovich; Jessica Marais, Anita Hegh, Eamon Farren, Caroline O'Connor, Socratis Otto, Andrew Lees, Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis; biopic of transgender person Carol 'Carlotta' Spencer (born Richard Byron) of Les Girls; telemovie for Channel 2; shot Sydney May 2013
Clinic, The (David Stevens, 1983) prod. Robert le Tet, Bob Weiss for the Film House, Generation Films, wr. Greg Millen, dp Ian Baker, ed. Edward McQueen-Mason, design Tracy Wart; Simon Burke, Pat Evison, Chris Haywood, Rona McLeon, Gerda Nicholson, Suzanne Roylance; gay doctor working in VD clinic; Eastman colour, 35mm, 90 min.
Dad and Dave Come To Town (Ken G. Hall, 1938) aka The Rudd Family Goes to Town; Peter Finch; camp shop assistant
Dallas Doll (Ann Turner, 1993) Sandra Bernhard, Victoria Longley, Frank Gallacher, Jake Blundell, Rose Byrne; havoc when American golf instructor moves in with family; ABC finance
Devil's Playground, The (Fred Schepisi, 1976) wr. prod. Fred Schepisi, dp Ian Baker; Simon Burke, Arthur Dignam, Tom Keneally, John Diedrich, Sheila Florance, John Frawley, Jonathan Hardy, Charles McCallum, Nick Tate; based on Schepisi's own experience in a Catholic school; Melbourne, colour, 35mm, 107 min.
Everlasting Secret Family, The (Michael Thornhill, 1988) story by Frank Moorhouse; Mark Lee's character is recruited from his elite private school into the homosexual 'family' which includes a judge (John Meillon) etc.
Head On (Ana Kokkinos, 1998) aka Loaded, novel by Christos Tsiolkas; prod. Jane Scott; Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis; review by Mark Sinker, Sight and Sound, November 1999: 46; 104 min.
Hidden History of Homosexual Australia, The (Con Anemogianni, 2005) premiere SAFF
Jack Be Nimble (Garth Maxwell, 1993) Alexis Arquette, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Bruno Lawrence, Tony Barry; NZ; queer horror
Longtime Companion (Norman Rene, 1989) wr. Craig Lucas; AIDS
Love and Other Catastrophes (Emma-Kate Croghan, 1996) wr. Yael Bergman, Emma-Kate Croghan, Helen Bandis; prod. Stavros Andonis Efthymiou; Frances O'Connor, Alice Garner, Radha Mitchell, Matt Day, Kim Gyngell; two female students struggling to complete their (Sydney) university degrees seek a flatmate; at the same time Michael (Matt Day), a medical student, is looking for a new place to stay; Adrian Martin makes an appearance as himself; Frances O'Connor's character is lesbian
Monkey's Mask (Samantha Lang, 2000) Kelly McGillis (Dr Diana Maitland), Susie Porter (Jill Fitzpatrick), Abbie Cornish (Mickey), Marton Csokas (Nick), Deborah Mailman; novel Dorothy Porter; lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex; Toronto 2000; 93 min.
Newcastle (Dan Castle, 2008) wr. Dan Castle; Lachlan Buchanan, Xavier Samuel, Reshad Strik; youth drama, surfing, coming-of-age, gay? (haven't seen it)
Of an Age (Goran Stolevski, 2022) Elias Anton, Thom Green; gay romance
Prodigal Son, The (Tony Radevski, 2006) wr. Tony Radevski, prod. Tom Zubrycki; emotional story of gay man in his 40s reunited with his traditional, Macedonian family after being estranged from his father for 15 years; won the Flickerfest IF Media Award for Most Popular Film at Flickerfest 2006; short, 27 min.
Sequin In A Blue Room (Samuel Van Grinsven, 2019) wr. Jory Anast, Samuel Van Grinsven; Conor Leach, Simon Croker, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
Set, The (Frank Brittain, 1970) novel by Roger Ward; Sean Myers, Rod Mullinar; two young men have an affair; one attempts suicide; overseas sale banned by the censor; the first Australian film to tackle a gay subject
Sissy (Debbie Gittins, 2001) short doco; three gay Aboriginal guys in Northbridge: ? Culbong, Anna Mae (transvestite), Ella Fitzgerald; 'We are glamorous, we are here and we are queer'; Sissy is an expression of gay black identity in Perth: CC and Ella are well known socialites and Anna Mae regularly struts her stuff on stage
Squeeze (Richard Turner, 1980) Trilogic Film Productions, wr. Richard Turner, dp Ian Paul; Robert Shannon, Paul Eady, Donna Akersten; gay relationship; 79 min.
Strange Bedfellows (Dean Murphy, 2003) Paul Hogan and Michael Caton pretend to be gay to exploit tax laws; brief review of DVD release: Matt Coyte, Empire, 43, October 2004: 9; see also Metro, 141
Sum of Us, The (Geoff Burton & Kevin Dowling, 1994) Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy; Russell Crowe and John Polson's characters are both gay; review by Jan Epstein in Murray 1995: 395; 96 min.
Under My Skin (David O'Donnell, 2020) wr. David O'Donnell; Liv Hewson, Chloe Freeman, Lex Ryan, Bobbi Salvor Menuez, Alex Russell, Alexis Denisof; gender dysphoria
Waiting (Jackie McKimmie, 1991) Noni Hazlehurst (AFI Best Actress), Deborra-Lee Furness, Frank Whitten, Helen Jones, Denis Moore, Fiona Press, Ray Barrett
Walking on Water (Tony Ayres, 2002) wr. Roger Monk, prod. Liz Watts, Robert Humphries, cinematographer; Vince Colosimo, Maria Theodorakis, Nathaniel Dean, Judy Farr, Nicholas Bishop, David Bonney, Daniel Roberts, Anna Lise Phillips; Gavin dies of AIDS and his friends and family have to cope with the manner of his death; premiered Adelaide Film Festival 2002; Roger Monk won Best Original Screenplay AFI Awards 7 November 2002; Maria Theodorakis won Best Actress in a Leading Role AFI Awards 7 November 2002; Reva Childs won Best Editing AFI Awards 7 November 2002; 90 min.
Well, The (Samantha Lang, 1997) wr. Elizabeth Jolley (novel), Laura Jones; Pamela Rabe (Hester Harper), Miranda Otto (Katherine), Paul Chubb (Harry Bird), Frank Wilson (II) (Francis Harper), Steve Jacobs (Rod Borden), Genevieve Lemon (Jen Borden), Simon Lyndon (Jock); drama, thriller; Hester is obsessed with Katherine
When Love Comes (Garth Maxwell, 1998) Rena Owen, Dean O'Gorman, Simon Prase; drama, music, gay romance; NZ
Whipping Boy (Di Drew, 1996) novel Gabrielle Lord; Sigrid Thornton, Temuera Morrison, Tammy McIntosh; state inquiry into a pedophile/pornography racket
Garry Gillard | New: 24 February, 2002 | Now: 30 August, 2022