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Ines Efron and Mariela Vitale in The Fish Child
Directed by Nancy Kissam
Abused by both her husband and children, downtrodden housewife Anora can't
believe her luck when a new neighbour moves in. She soon befriends the glam-
orous Imogene, who works as a saleswoman for Kathy K Kosmetics, 'makeup for
the cocoa-skinned woman' When their deepening relationship is discovered by
Anora's husband, Cheb, he accidentally gets shot and killed! On the run, Anora
and Imogene take to the road in the Kathy K company car, along with Anora's
children, and Cheb, safely in the boot. Forbidden lust, racism and a cross-country
road-chase ensue, as the two women ee, taking the sexual awakenings of teenag-
ers, a possible murder and lesbian love all in their stride.
Essentially a comedy, this lm has some dark and serious moments, especially
when dealing with teen sexuality. It has received generally positive reviews from
the Lesbian and Gay lm festival circuit overseas.
Directed by Wendy Jo Carlton
is award-winning lm, stars Sharon Gleiss (Queer as Folk, Cagney & Lacey) in
the title role and Maureen Gallagher as her lifelong love, Rachel. Hannah and
Rachel grew up together in the 1920s in the same small Midwest town, where their
childhood friendship developed into a lifelong love. Given the era, they could not
be together, so the independent Hannah le town while Rachel stayed behind and
became a homemaker. Now both are elderly, and living their nal days in a nursing
home. Told largely in ashbacks, the lm reveals how the women maintained their
love a air despite a marriage, a world war, in delities, and family denial.
is intimate story began life as a play by Claudia Allen, who adapted it for the
screen. e issues it addresses include poor treatment of the elderly, the genera-
tional divide in attitudes toward homosexuality and the manner in which nal de-
cisions are made for patients on life support. While it has received some criticism
for its slow pace and sentimentality, it has also been described as very moving, with
a wonderful performance by Sharon Gleiss -- bring plenty of tissues!
The History of My Queer Career
is year's programme will feature a tribute to the world's largest competition
for locally produced LGBT short lms. Over more than 15 years, My ueer
Career has unearthed the latest and greatest in Aussie queer lmmaking, and
launched some impressive careers. is special event will feature highlights
from the rst decade of the competition, including all-time audience favour-
ites: Cousin by Adam Elliot, Exposed by Tony Ayres, Ur n by Miro Bilbrough,
and Tales om the Powder Room by Darren Burgess. Lesbian highlights include
Strap on Olympia by Cate Shortland, e Reunion by Pip Newling and Girl
Ta l k by Judith Cobb.
This year's festival is extending to three weeks from Feb 12 to March 6,
screening predominantly at the Palace Academy Twin on Oxford Street, with
sessions also at the Dendy Newtown and Parramatta Riverside Theatres.
LOTL's festival picks...
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