New Farm Queer Film Festival returns for a bigger, better and queerer 2023 season!

After a fantastic reception from the inaugural festival in 2022, Five Star Cinemas are returning this year bigger, better, and queerer than ever with the New Farm Queer Film Festival (NFQFF) launching it’s second season on September 21st!

Boasting a line up of festival winners and favourites, plus iconic retrospective screenings and Australian premieres, NFQFF is the ultimate safe space to experience the best and the untold stories within LGBTQIA+ cinema. And with even more movies and more session times available in 2023, it’s shaping up to be a festival you can’t miss.

Opening night will start off the NFQFF with a bang, as the critically acclaimed film straight out of Sundance and Berlin Film Festival’s, Passages makes it’s Queensland premiere! The Ira Sachs directed drama follows a long-time married gay couple, one of whom has an affair with a woman. With a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and starring a brilliant acting trio in Ben Whishaw, Franz Rogowski, and Adele Exarchopoulos, the Black Carpet Gala Screening of Passages is not one to miss.

Over the course of the 11 days festival, highlights also include German film Afire (which is also the pick of the festival from NFQFF curator Sean Tayler!) which took out the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival; multi-award winning British indie drama Blue Jean; and the Queensland premiere of Australian film The Winner Takes It All!

Alongside these exclusive premieres, a fantastic line up of retrospective screenings will give audiences the chance to check out some of the queer cinema favourites on the big screen! On the cards in Japan’s 1969 celebration of youth and the condemnation of intolerance in Funeral Parade of Roses; a staple of international cinema with Claire Denis’ iconic 1999 French film Beau Travail; and closing out the festival in truly outlandish, flamboyant and unapologetically gay fashion is in the iconic master of debaucherous cinema John Waters’ and his controversial cult classic Pink Flamingos.

With 16 movies, a variety of themed evenings, gala screenings, premieres, and classic throwbacks, 2023’s New Farm Queer Film Festival is a must-watch cavalcade of essential queer cinema. Tickets are on sale now here, and both opening and closing night galas include a drink on arrival!

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Nick L'Barrow
Nick L'Barrow
Nick is a Brisbane-based film/TV reviewer. He gained his following starting with his 60 second video reviews of all the latest releases on Instagram (@nicksflicksfix), before launching a monthly podcast with Peter Gray called Monthly Movie Marathon. Nick contributes to Novastream with interviews and reviews for the latest blockbusters.

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