My Queer Career 1999

My Queer Career 1999


Print guide text: The largest and most prestigious competition for queer shorts in Australia held each year as part of the festival. Over the past few years many of the shorts which made their first appearance in My Queer Career have gone on to screen in festivals around the globe, some picking up awards along the way. The major prize of $2000 is provided by the Stephen Cummins Film Trust, named after the gifted queer Australian filmmaker who died from an AIDS-related condition in 1994.

Other prizes supplied by Metro Screen are presented to the Runner Up and for the Audience Award. This year there is a new prize and award generously supplied by Paul Van Reyk to be called the Adrian Clarke Development Award, or the ‘Audrey’. This new prize of $1000 will be awarded annually to the short judges consider to benefit from wither further development or from finishing on a screening format that will enhance its screening opportunities in festivals around the world.

The 1999 judging panel were:
Colin Fraser, film critic and outfm presenter
Julie Reagan, Project Co-ordinator – ICD, Australian Film Commission
Paul Van Reyk, Community activist and journalist
Louise Wadley, UK resident Australian filmmaker (Knickers 99MGFF)


 Title  Director  Runtime  Synopsis
Alias Kim Farrant 11 The lives and loves of a male sex-worker and the four faces he shows to the world.
Cousin Adam Benjamin Elliot 4 The childhood remembrance of a cousin, his special arm, pet rocks and shopping trolley.
Elizabeth Taylor Sometimes Deborah Strutt 7 A post modern world in which the body is out-moded and dimensions are shed like last year’s fashions.
Escape From Hell Dean Francis 9 Caught in a hostile world, a gay teen’s anguish goes unheard.
The Kiss Alan Lovell 7 A sexually frustrated wife, a husband, his car and a lusty gay neighbour. A case of mistaken identity with a very funny twist.
The Reunion Phillipa Newling 6 An adaptation of a short play by Alex Harding. The early morning conversations of a grieving man with his dead lover.
Sink or Swim Gaby Hughes 6 Chrissy wants to know how Rose’s date went last night. Sometimes best friends ask the most awkward questions.
Two Girls and a Baby Kelli Simpson 24 Catherine and Liz want to have a baby. Catherine on the phone to the sperm bank but Liz is still not so sure.
Two Roads Amy Gebhardt 10 The path of friendship, love and growing up in a small country town.


My Queer Career in the 1999 Mardi Gras Film Festival guide