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Perth International Queer Film Festival 2017

13th-21st September 2017 | The Backlot Studios, Perth

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The Perth International Queer Film Festival celebrates all that is great about International Queer Cinema this September! Teaming with The Backlot Perth, this will be a chance to see some amazing queer films from all over the world. Over 1200 film makers submitted films for the 2017 program!
The festival is a fundraising initiative of the WA AIDS Council.

For all ticketholders, below is important information to ensure you have an enjoyable evening.

Important Event Information

Venue: The Backlot Studios 
Address: 21 Simpson Street, West Perth
Parking: There is ample street parking located in the area.

Movie start time: 7.30pm | The Backlot lounge will open from 6.30pm. All feature films will be proceeded with a short film. 

Multiple Film Discounts: Please contact Mark Reid to take advantage of the savings available when purchasing tickets to 3 or more films. 

Food and Beverages: There is a bar at the venue where you can purchase beverages and snacks. EFTPOS facilities are available. Strictly no BYO drinks or food.

On arrival Please have your ticket ready for cross checking with the door list. All guests must hold a valid ticket for entry. All film festival screenings are STRICTLY 18+. Photo ID may be requested on arrival.

Keep hold of your ticket for free entry into Connections and a glass of bubbles after each screening!

Unallocated seating / Contact Annette Hasluck at if wheelchair access is required.

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  Discreet Film

Wednesday 13th September **Special Opening Night** (7:00pm Drinks)
DISCREET (USA) | Tickets $35 

+ 12 Eyes Gauging the City (Iran)

Join us for the special opening night of the Perth International Queer Film Festival. From 7pm enjoy a drink on arrival and the atmosphere of the lounge before the Australian Premiere of Discreet.

A drifter reconnects with his abuser from when he was a child and wrestles with his sexuality whilst also plotting his revenge and attempting to make some sense of his life. Reconnecting with his mother and still grappling with the complex relationships from his childhood his life comes into focus with tragic consuequences.

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Retake poster

Thursday 14th September 
RETAKE (USA) | Tickets $25

+ Trade Queen (Germany)

MICHAEL REPSCH | USA | 2016 | 18+
This taut psychological drama follows a lonely, middle-aged man who hires a male prostitute to recreate a road trip from his past. When the past catches up with the present what will the outcome be?

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 BWOY Poster

Friday 15th September  
BWOY (USA) | Tickets $25

+ The Magic Hedge (USA)
+ Ruptures (France)

JOHN G YOUNG | USA| 2017 | 18+ | 85 MINS |
After the death of his son, Brad (Anthony Rapp) becomes entangled in a chaotic and passionate online love affair with Yenny (Jimmy Brooks), a young Jamaican man. With both Brad and his wife Marcia (De'Adre Aziza) seeking solace in destructive ways, their lives and relationships are pushed to the brink, culminating in tragic confrontations that no one can avoid.

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Saturday 16th September 
SIGNATURE MOVE (USA) | Tickets $25

+ Mai (Spain)
+ Alone Together (Italy)

JENNIFER REEDER | USA | 2017 | 18+ | 80 MINS | 
Zyanab is a young Muslim Pakistani woman who moves back in with her mother following the breakup of a relationship.  This light hearted comedy then follows Zyanab as she falls in love with a female wrestler.

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Short Film Fest

Sunday 17th September

All Films 18+ 
For the first time, the Perth International Queer Film Festival presents an evening dedicated to the art of the short film. See 10 short queer films from 7 countries, all over the world. All 10 films are yet to be shown in Australia and will premiere at the PIQFF. An event not to be missed.

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Centre of my World

Monday 18th September  
CENTRE OF MY WORLD (Germany/Austria) | Tickets $25

+ Iridesence (Canada)

JAKOB ENWA | GERMANY | AUSTRIA | 2016 | 18+ | 115 MINS |
After a summer spent trying to dodge family conflicts, a young man returns to school and begins to question his feelings toward Nicholas, a new classmate and the evolution of his relationship with his best friend Kat.

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Tuesday 19th September 
FLUIDO (Germany) | Tickets $25

+ Cruising Everywhere (USA)

SHU LEA CHEANG | GERMANY | 2017 | 18+ | 88 MINS | 
Fluidø is a 2017 German science fiction film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. It was fist screened in the Panorama section at the 67th Berlin International Film FestivalSet in the 2060s, the film depicts a world in which HIV/AIDS has been fully eradicated. In some people, however, the virus has mutated into a gene which can be extracted to create a new psychoactive drug, leading to the creation of an extensive underground network of human trafficking to capture the carriers of this mutation in order to manufacture the drug.

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Wednesday 20th September 
SATYAVATI (INDIA) | Tickets $25 

+ (A)Typical Couple (Slovenia)
+ The 3rd Try (USA)

DEEPTHI TADANKI | INDIA | 2017 | 18+ | 81 MINS | 
The film is a work of fiction and not a documentary. The primal focus of making this film is to let the audience understand that lesbianism is not a disease that needs to be cured; it is as natural as heterosexuality.

Case studies across the globe have chronicled cases of “Corrective Rape” on women who’ve been discovered to be lesbians and as heinous as it may sound – the immediate kith and kin of the girl permit strangers to let the girl get raped, foolishly assuming that that is the only corrective measure for their girl to be cured from lesbianism and she will start thinking “normally”.

This film has no intention of disrespecting any culture or tradition of any clan or belief, however if the film manages to open a debate about the tragic realities it speaks about and changes the mindset of at least a few individuals, it could be termed a success.

“Satyavati” will stand a story of example of why we need to understand each other on levels of “Humanity” more, than inclining our existence on misconstrued and judgmental rules of some traditional influence or preaching of pre-historic literary references.

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Thursday 21st September **Closing Night**
AEFFETTO DOMINO (Italy) | Tickets $25

+ Parting (UK)

FABIO MASSA | ITALY | 2017 | 18+ | 80 MINS | 
The festival will close with a film by Fabio Massa Aeffetto Domino is a movie about a life and its transformation. It’s a story of Lorenzo: sad news about his state of health will change his existence, causing a domino effect on his life and on the lives of people he loves as he heads home from Africa to face the consequences.

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Tuesday 19th September **SPECIAL SATELLITE SCREENING**

CHUCHO E. QUINTERO | MEXICO | 2014 | 18+ | 94 MINS | 
Two friends walk around the city one afternoon, on the verge of imminent Apocalypse.
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