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In honour of PRIDE (was a protest) month, the Lasqueti Island Queer Film Festival will feature some classics, some new films, and some documentaries as double bills on Wednesday and Thursday nights from August 10th to 25th. The tentative line up is as follows:

(All descriptions via Rotten Tomatoes)

AUGUST 10th- Groundbreaking Classics

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994): When drag queen Anthony agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam and transsexual Bernadette to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

  • Desert Hearts (1985:) A New York professor divorces her husband and has an affair with another woman in 1959 Reno.

AUGUST 11th- Because reading is What? Fundamental!

  • Paris is Burning (1990): This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.

  • Kiki (2016): In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather on the Christopher Street Pier to practice the performance-based art form Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna's music video "Vogue" and the documentary "Paris Is Burning."

AUGUST 17th- Hidden/Forbidden part 1

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019): In 1770, the young daughter of a French countess develops a mutual attraction to the female artist commissioned to paint her wedding portrait.

  • The Danish Girl (2015): With support from his loving wife Gerda, artist Einar Wegener prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.

AUGUST 18th- Coming of Age

  • Wildhood (2021): In a rural east-coast trailer park, Link lives with his toxic father and younger half-brother Travis. When Link discovers his Mi'kmaw mother could still be alive, it lights a flame and they make a run for a better life. On the road, they meet Pasmay, a pow wow dancer drawn to Link. As the boys journey across Mi'kma'ki, Link finds community, identity and love in the land where he belongs.

  • Pariah (2011): Teenage Alike lives in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents and younger sister. A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents' marriage already strained. When Alike's mother presses her to befriend a colleague's daughter, Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.

AUGUST 24th- Hidden/Forbidden part 2

  • Disobedience (2017): New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning to the same Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to Esti, a female friend. Their fortuitous and happy reunion soon reignites their burning passion as the two women explore boundaries of faith and sexuality.

  • God's Own Country (2017): A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a new path.

AUGUST 25th- One More Time With Heart...and Humour

  • Cloudburst (2011): A lesbian couple escape from their nursing home and drive to Canada to get married.

Stay tuned for announcements about special hosts, delicious treats and eats, and location (TBD). Updates will come through the list, on Facebook/IG, and on posters around the island. Bring a blanket, a friend (or an ally or a love interest) and your gorgeous self...and enjoy some fine cinema!


Jennifer Brant