MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL presents
MDFF: LGBTIQ / Aboriginal Shorts / Masterclass
Theme: LGBTIQ / Aboriginal Shorts / Masterclass
Date: 22nd July 2019, Starts at 8:30pm
Venue: Backlot Cinemas, 65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Title: Don’t Call Me Beautiful
Directed by: Tara Wise
Description: Don't Call Me Beautiful is a 2017 biographical documentary chronicling the life of Aboriginal woman Zeitha Murphy after she was taken from her birth mother at merely 3 months of age.
Title: Voice from the Desert
Directed by: Daniel Clarke and Amy Psyden
Description: Aboriginal singer Zaachariaha Fielding is taking the Australian music industry by storm; touring the nation and the world with his groundbreaking electro-soul band Electric Fields, who recently finished runner-up in the 2019 Eurovision: Australia Decides. After winning New Talent of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards, Zaachariaha returns to the tiny central desert community of Mimili to reveal the inspiration behind his unique music. Through intimate interviews with Zaachariaha and his family, we learn of the challenges he was forced to overcome as a child and his journey to music stardom as a proud member of the LGBTQ community.
Title: Rock with the Doc
Directed by: Kathy Burns and William Thomson
Description: Dr. Fluoride, in association with Barkly Regional Arts, funded by Territory Families presents: ‘Rock withthe Doc’. In January 2018, Dr. Fluoride held a holiday school program which involved giving the local kids of Tennant Creek the chance to build their own guitars!
Title: Running 62
Directed by: Zibeon Fielding and Madeleine Parry
Description: Can he inspire, drive change in his community and raise enough money? Zibeon Fielding, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander man and long-distance runner is preparing to run a crazy 62 kilometres. Driven by passion to help those he loves, Zibeon will run further than he ever has before in the heart of Australian desert. He is determined to run from Iwantja to Mimili, raising funds to bring dialysis services to the remote APY Lands. We follow him on his journey of training and experience with him the mental and physical preparation required whilst living in one of Australia’s remotest and smallest communities. Training early mornings with the help of the camp dogs, his two-year-old daughter and his wife, Zibeon is a unique and driven man with a positive outlook on life. He wants to bring awareness that making healthy changes can give you a healthier, happier lifestyle to live longer and enjoy life.
Title: Candy’s Crush
Directed by: Roberto Nascimento
Description: An intimate portrait of professional Samoan/Kiwi wrestler and trans woman Leilani Tominiko, better known as the super extra Candy Lee. Leilani talks about her journey as a trans woman and also her dreams of conquering the world of wrestling, following the footsteps of her biggest female idol.
Title: Prom Night
Directed by: Sam McGowan
Description: Billie, a 17-year-old non-binary teenager, prepares to attend a formal for underage queer youth for the first time. As they choose their outfit and get their hair dyed, they reveal how they navigate the awkwardness of adolescence while also dealing with the anxieties that come with being young and queer.
Title: And Me
Directed by: Maisy Sutcliffe and Patrick Ilagan
Description: An experimental documentary on the 2017 Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite, ‘And Me’ takes what happened to a nation and focuses on the story of a single person and how the plebiscite changed this person’s life.
Title: We’re All In This Together
Directed by: Logan Mucha
Description: Young queer Australians audition to retell stories from their elders who paved the way for their rights. Scripted verbatim from interviews, accounts of public protest, police brutality and isolation from queer history are retold and reimagined by a younger generation.
Title: Becoming Cherrie
Directed by: Nicky Larkin
Description: ‘Becoming Cherrie’ is a documentary about living with HIV in Northern Ireland.The film tells the story of actor and performer Matthew Cavan, aka Belfast’s most-loved drag artists, Cherrie Ontop.Diagnosed HIV-positive aged 19, Matthew struggled to find acceptance in conservative Northern Irish society. Coming from a religious family, Matthew was kicked out of his church by the Minister, and having never met anybody else with HIV, felt so alone he tried to commit suicide.In a desperate attempt to escape his everyday reality and get back on stage, Matthew created his absolutely fabulous drag alter-ego Cherrie Ontop. A decade later, Cherrie is Belfast’s most-loved drag artist, and Matthew is a spokesperson for people living with HIV in Northern Ireland. However, as a result of being so open about his HIV status, Matthew has become a frequent target for homophobic trolling, threats and abuse. ‘Becoming Cherrie’ allows us inside the intimate process of transformation between Matthew and Cherrie. A portrait of resilience and reinvention, Matthew and his father Terry tell the story of the difficulties of living with HIV in the age of the DUP - set against the backdrop of the abuse Matthew has received; adapted into a terrifying stage performance!Featuring the track Yummy Mummies &Boho Dummies by Diplomat M.