MGFF 2010: The History of My Queer Career

MGFF 2010: The History of My Queer Career

 

In 2010 Queer Screen held a special screening: The History of My Queer Career. The following passage is the text from the program guide and a list of all the films screened.

In 2010 we honour the history of the world’s largest competition for locally produced LGBT short films. For more than a decade and a half, My Queer Career has unearthed the latest and greatest in Aussie queer filmmaking, and launched some impressive careers. This four-hour special event will feature highlights from the first decade of competition, including all-time audience favourites: Cousin by Adam Elliot, Exposed by Tony Ayres, Strap on Olympia by Cate Shortland, Urn by Milo Bilbrough, Tales from the Powder Room by Darren Burgess and 16 more Aussie queer classics.

Feb 13, 3pm, 2010, Palace Academy Twin

 

MQC Year Title Director Runtime Synopsis
2001Burning BoyKieran Galvin13A teenage boy kisses his best friend and pays for it with his life.
1999CousinAdam Elliot4The childhood rememberance of a cousin, his special arm, pet rocks and shopping trolley.
1997Cow GirlClaudine Sartine6A western fantasy on the bus of dreams going to the Mardi Gras party.
n/aExposedTony Ayres8David Edwards is a photographer who has been taking photographs of naked men for the past eleven years. But in this film the lines are a bit blurred. Who is the exhibitionist and who is the voyeur
2007Filled with WaterElka Kerkhofs5Anoka feels deep emptiness until she walks into a TV and her heart begins to glow for the ballerina inside. But she learns filling her heart can mean breaking it, when the one you love craves a stronger desire.
1998Girl TalkJudith Cobb6When Elisa calls a lesbian phone sex line she intends to get into one of her fantasies. However, things go horribly wrong until the final climax.
2000Heather Locklear ChocolateStuart Vauvert7A boy, his life and a passion for nailpolish.
1998Independently BlueSarah Neal11The gay (and lesbian) ’20’s are brought to life as an elderly lesbian looks back at drugs, intrigue, misunderstandings and opportunities lost.
2001Kicking OnJamie Browne13When you hear the rumour that one of your footy mates kissed a bloke outside the pub last night you know the shit’s about to hit the fan.
2003Lillian & IJonathan Wald7Year in and year out, Lillian teaches her music sudents the same boring piano scales, neglecting her own playing. Until one day Lillian’s piano can’t take it any more.
1995LinkTim Slade8An exploration into the different types of families, be it queer, straight or whatever takes your fancy.
2007Look SharpAmy Gebhardt9After spending a drunken night together, Jo, a photographer, is compelled to capture the emotional truth beneath the rough exteriors of sharpie gang members, Darren and Jason. But to what lengths will she go in the name of art?
1994The PinkKatherine Fry8Re-tells a fairy tale of a princess married to an inadequate prince.
n/aResonanceStephen Cummins11Resonance is an exquisitely shot film about the nature of power and the relationship between homophobia and misogyny. Beginning with a gay bashing in the back streets of Sydney, the film uses gesture, dance and interior monologue to explore this act of violence as it resonates through the lives of the people involved: the “victim” and his “rescuer,” and the basher and his girlfriend.
1999The ReunionPip Newling6An adaptation of a short play by Alex Harding. The early morning conversations of a grieving man with his dead lover.
2002Saturn’s ReturnWenona Byrne26A road journey is also a journey of self-discovery, as two young gay men deal wth a parent’s impending death.
1996Strap on OlympiaCate Shortland12A melodrama about a young woman who chooses to live her life as a prostitute, and seeks self-acceptance but not social approval.
2002Tales from the Powder RoomDarren Burgess12Lola Lick reminisces about times gone by and farewells sobriety, entering a spiralling abyss of alcohol, ulcer pills and floral hats.
1996UrnMilo Bilbrough6A broken relationship is recalled through the use of poetry
2004A Wonderful DayRobbie Baldwin13As the nation stands still to witness Cathy Freeman capture Olympic glory, a young gay man is in a race of his own.