Home' LOTL : Oct 11 Contents Award-winning duo Tonnette Stanford and
Katherine Wilkinson are the queer filmmakers
behind Stickybeak Films. Their films have screened
at over 130 festivals around the world and received
international acclaim. Next month, in partnership
with Queerscreen, Stickybeak will be hosting a
fabulous night of their award-winning queer films at
Hoyts, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. The night
will benefit Queerscreen, who for two decades have
supported LGBT film and currently need community
support. This night is guaranteed to be memorable,
with a line-up to suit everyone’s tastes! Come and
see award-winning lesbian films including:
Frontbum Dancin’: in this hilarious comedy, two
misfits aim to conquer the world with their very own
brand of pelvic thrusting dance moves.
The Vicious and the Delicious: an outrageous
lesbian soap-opera with hair-pulling catfights,
countless illicit affairs, flamboyant fashion
statements and bizarre story twists.
Ready or Not: this film will make you smile
as three women tell their entertaining and heart-
warming stories about coming out, first love, and
being gay at 50.
Multi award-winning film Holding Hands will also
screen: Sydney locals Craig and Shane became
community heroes after they spoke out about
homophobic violence and even led the Sydney
Mardi Gras Parade. This touching film about love
and the power of the human spirit was a hit at
Queerdoc and has screened around the world to
critical acclaim, winning the Special Jury Award at
Kashish-Mumbai Film Fest 2010, India, and both
film awards at Spokane Film Fest 2010, USA.
This year, Tonnette won multiple awards at the
Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and at Melbourne
Queer Film Festival for SLUT – THE MUSICAL, a
fabulous musical comedy about embracing your
inner slut, which will also screen on the night.
Tonnette says: “I love making films, especially
outrageous, over-the-top, gay and lesbian
comedies. LGBT Audiences are always so receptive
of queer material and there is a genuine hunger for
it. We’re often denied dignity on screen in the way
we’re represented, so I really feel it’s important for
queer film-makers to get out there and continue
telling our stories to the world.”
Don’t miss Queer Film Extravaganza at
Hoyts EQ Moore Park, Nov 5 from 7:30pm.
tix $20. Stickybeak Films would like to offer
complimentary double-passes to four LOTL
readers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
au for your chance to win!
What was the inspiration for this Rainbow Family
Two g ay friends, living in ver y different parts
of Sydney, sharing stories and fr ustrations about
our children’s experiences, as a result of our family
structures, at school.
What difficulties/ challenges have you faced as a
• Lack of literature representative of same sex
• Little demonstration of inclusive lang uage
• A lack of communication among teachers
regarding our family structure e ven though it was
• Peer support activities, led by senior students,
focusing solely on traditional family structures.
• A lack of inclusiveness around traditional
How do you hope to change things with this forum?
• We’re hoping to g ain an understanding of the
variety of issues that families may have faced and
the successful strategies that were employed for a
positive outcome, to share with others.
• We hope to improve the participant’s
knowledge of related curriculum content and
the Department of Education and Communities’
resp onsibility for ensuring implementation of
• Potentially influence a review of the
Department’s policies and procedures that ensure
our children and our families are visible and
• We are interested in the possibility of
developing and providing professional learning
to staff in schools.
Why do you think there is a lack of understanding
for the needs of Rainbow Families in our public
• We are a minority.
• There is little evidence that teacher training
addresses issues faced by same sex parented
families and how to address these issues in the
• A re view of the Department’s current policies
indicates a lack of recognition of children of same
sex parented families and their par ticular nee ds.
What strategies can we encourage our schools to
take up to embrace rainbow families?
• Acknowledge we exist.
• Promote and accept diversity.
• Actively listen to our children about their
family structure and their ne eds.
• Talk to gay parents about our child’s ne eds
and more imp ortantly, listen to parents and act
on the information.
information to relevant staff to re duce the
incidence of children having to out themselves
• Plan to include.
As an educator, how do you hope to manifest
positive change for rainbow children?
I hope to take real stories back to my students
and foster true acceptance of diversity and real
understanding about some of the issues and
difficulties faced by Rainbow parents and their
children. I hope that I can influence the way they
work with children and their families.
The Rainbow Family Forum will take place
on October 12, Upstairs at the Gallery at
the Addison Rd Centre, 142 Addison Rd,
Marrickville, NSW. The email to RSVP is
Troubled by the lack of support for LGBT families in our schools,
friends Marly Greenwood and Bernadette Walsh have joined forces
to present the Rainbow Family Forum. They answer our questions
on what to expect at the upcoming event...
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