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DRAG KINGS ON TOUR; MONICA HINGSTON, RIGHT
Sydney's annual celebration of queer documentary opens
with The Tasty Bust Reunion, about an event now
recognised as Australia's Stonewall. On August 7, 1994,
Melbourne police raided Tasty, a gay and lesbian nightclub,
believing they had complete immunity. 463 patrons, including
over 100 lesbians, were held up at gunpoint and strip-searched.
The event galvanised the queer community and resulted in a
landmark ruling forcing the police to pay more than $4.5 million
in damages. Sydney lesbian Sally Gordon was the first person
to receive a payout of $10,000 and this film celebrates a
community that fought back. If you were there on the night,
Queerscreen would like to give you complimentary entry to this
screening. Call (02) 9332 4938 for a formal invitation.
Another film commemorating a landmark lesbian and gay
event is Our Wedding and a Revolution. On February 12, 2004,
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples. This courageous act made history
and stated definitively that at least one public official believed in
equal rights for all. After marriage-license paper work was
updated and staff members were debriefed, Newsom's political
director went looking for the first couple to marry. She called
upon two of the most valiant pioneers of the LGBT movement,
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon who had recently celebrated more
than 50 years together. The film follows the behind she scenes
preparations of this fabulous ceremony.
Drag Kings on Tour follows a group of six photogenic drag
kings on their 15-city, three-week-long "Kingdom Come" tour,
complete with motor-home mishaps and reality TV touches.
The ultimate lesbian road trip takes in drag-friendly locations
along the US East Coast and Midwest, but also ventures into the
deep south of Biloxi, Mississippi. Along the way they learn how
to drive a very large vehicle, encounter the drag-ambivalent
public, and teach several willing women how to apply facial hair!
Other films of lesbian interest are Tomboy, which examines
the tomboy identity into and beyond adolescence while Mind
If I Call You Sir? looks at the lives of FTM Latinos and Latina
butches. Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary profiles the
legendary all female, all-queer, San Francisco punk band
known for their outrageous onstage antics.
Closing night will be a special event. The film In Good
Conscience, directed by Emmy award winner Barbara Rick,
tells the story of courageous nun Janine Grammick who is
ordered by the Vatican to cease ministering to the lesbian and
gay community. She refuses and is stripped of her ministry
and abandoned by the order she has lived with for forty years.
Ex-nun Monica Hingston, cousin to the infamous Cardinal
Pell, is hosting the evening. In January, Monica found herself
on the front page of every paper in Australia after writing
to Pell challenging him to denounce the homophobic
declarations of the Vatican. The statement urged
Governments to oppose any legal unions of same sex couples
calling them, "the legislation of evil", an attitude that seems
to be upheld by our major political parties.
Hingston is thrilled to be introducing the film. "I am
delighted to be able to stand up and be counted among Janine
Grammick's admirers and affirm what she has done. I also believe
that whenever an individual speaks out against an oppression, it is
that one drop of water that contributes to a flood. There are
many more of us speaking out today, and that flood will most
certainly one day undermine the oppressive walls that political
and religious leaders build to ostracise and exclude us."
THIS YEAR'S QUEERDOC FEATURES A
NOT-TO-BE-MISSED LINEUP OF DRAG
KINGS, TOMBOYS, NUNS AND LESBIAN
PUNK ROCKERS. A LOTL PREVIEW.
QueerDoc, The Valhalla Glebe, September 9--12. For session times
and ticket details go to www.queerscreen.com.au
... MONICA FOUND HERSELF ON THE FRONT PAGE OF
EVERY PAPER IN AUSTRALIA AFTER WRITING TO PELL
CHALLENGING HIM TO DENOUNCE THE
HOMOPHOBIC DECLARATIONS OF THE VATICAN.
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