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Anew website which allows subscribers to
stream independent lesbian lms has been
launched in Australia.
More than 40 lesbian feature comedies,
documentaries, shorts and dramas, including the
MQFF hit Along Came Lola, are now available to
stream for 72 hours a er paying the $US4.99 fee
per lm. e lms, sourced mainly from festivals
worldwide, cannot be downloaded, and a large
percentage of the proceeds going to the lmmakers
to hopefully foster further productions.
BuskFilms is the brainchild of Canadian
lmmaker Andrea Wing who was frustrated at
the lack of quality productions available online.
" ere were so many fantastic shorts and
features that I had seen at festivals and I wondered
where many of these lms ended up," she told
LOTL. She then created the site to deliver lms
easily and cheaply.
"Essentially it will be like having a queer lm
fest in your living room as we showcase a wide
range of lms from around the world."
Wing promises Aussie productions too, with
Melbourne-based directly Kathryn Goldie's
breakup short lm, Steak available, and others in
More: busk lms.com
is movie has been generating a lot of Oscar
buzz, primarily for the performances by Kidman
and Eckhart who star as a loved-up couple who
become disenfranchised a er the accidental death
of their young son. Kidman is particularly moving
in the role and unlike her performance in another
intense drama - Portrait of a Lady - manages
to deliver a life gone awry without resorting to
constant histrionics, indeed for much of this story,
Kidmn's icy detachment is a wonder to behold.
In fact a lot about this lm is surprising given its
themes; and director John Cameron Mitchell
(best known for playing Hedwig in Hedwig and
the Angry Inch) has secured uniformly credible
performances from all of his cast despite the
heightened emotions presented by the screenplay
(adapted from David Lindsay Abaire's Pulitzer
Prize winning stage play).
Also to be commended is the performance by
Dianne Weist who is superb as Becca (Kidman's)
mother. She is a great foil for Kidman and the pair
share some memorable moments on screen.
Rabbit Hole is hard going - there's no denying
the subject matter- but there is much to commend
this lm, the cast are terri c, Kidman buttoned
up - yet simultaneously unravelling, Eckhart warm
and charming and Weist is a lynch pin for many
telling moments. Even the implausible friendship
between Kidman and the teenage driver who ran
over her son is believable - thanks to great acting
and measured directing.
Any other year Kidman would get the Oscar
for this role - but there's no denying the publicty
juggernaut behind Portmans's Black Swan - still
Kidman certainly deserves the nomination...
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Staring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Weist
site goes live
e twel h annual Brisbane ueer Film
Festival brings you an outstanding selection of the
most engaging, inspiring, and of course the most
entertaining queer lms from around the world.
is year's highlights are a celebration in
diversity and include Gigola, the tale of a young
French woman who loses herself in the hedonistic
nightlife of 1960s Paris a er the suicide of her
female lover; Undertow, a stunning Peruvian
story of secrets, life-a er-death and love; Sasha ,
a lm from Germany about music, family and
a tangled web of untruths; and the acclaimed
British drama, e Secret Diaries of Miss Anne
Lister, based on the true life story of famous
nineteenth century landowner and industrialist,
You can count on the festival being full of
simply the best LGBT lms on o er. Program
available and on sale from Feb 28!
BQFF plays at the Powerhouse, Brisbane from
Fri 8 - Sun 17 April 2011.
Brisbane Queer Film Festival
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