If you’re still smarting from the news that the Sydney Film Festival has been pushed back until November, then panic not. Boredom has no hope of setting in as the brilliant team at the Queer Screen Film Festival (QSFF) is here to save the day. Streaming direct to homes across Australia from September 16-26, the LGBTIQA+ showcase of cinematic gold is and bold and beautiful as ever, even if the screens are a bit smaller than usual. The QSFF line-up brings a global perspective, with movies hailing from 17 countries worldwide, with more than half of the 40 films on offer being Australian premieres. Those national debuts include Beautiful Dreamer, a San Francisco-set dramedy starring The L Word’s Erin Daniels that’s billed as having a touch of Tales of the City creator Armistead Maupin’s style. There’s also a powerful doco in the shape of AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman. We are so used to hearing about this particular global crisis from the perspective of gay men, which makes Norman’s focus on the trans and non-binary communities so welcome. And don’t miss filmmaker Alex Liu’s wonderfully candid doco A Sexplanation, which takes a look at why so many of us are uncomfortable talking about sex. And have the tissues at the ready for Taiwan-set Dear Tenant, which details the emotional journey of a grieving man caring for his late boyfriend’s son. In the weepy good familial groove, also check out Belgian-French co-production Lola, a road trip movie about a young trans woman and
Sydney loves its movies. We have some of the best pop-up and outdoor cinemas in the country, plenty of great movie theatres and loads of film festivals throughout the year. From one-off screenings of classic movies to reoccurring midnight movie sessions, here are the best film events in Sydney.