EQUALITY MONTH PRESENTS...
TUESDAYS IN NOVEMBER
Introducing Camp Cinema, programmed by the enigmatic Jay Katz and Miss Death.
From 6.30pm each Tuesday in Green Park’s ‘Backroom auditorium’, cultural icons Jay Katz and Miss Death, showcase the legends of Australian cult cinema, have handpicked a selection of camp, queer and cult masterpieces that will include shorts, feature films and surprise live Q&A with the directors!
Entry is FREE, but registration is required
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12th November – Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community (1984)
New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audio-visual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots." This is not a history of the Stonewall Inn or the 1969 drag-war themselves. What it is, is a short trip through the memories of people directly and personally involved in the early- to mid-historic days of "coming out."
19th November - Glen or Glenda (1953)
In his heart-felt cinematic debut, Edward D. Wood, Jr himself stars under the pseudonym Daniel Davis as a young man with a dilemma: should he tell his lovely young fiancée (played by real-life girlfriend Dolores Fuller) about his burning desire to cross-dress? She has begun to notice articles of clothing missing from her closet; the suspense builds...what should he do? Bela Lugosi plays the omniscient narrator; note his conviction as he "pulls the strings." Amidst this unintentionally hilarious mish-mash of melodrama, social commentary and inexplicable stock footage, there is something for every taste: countless cross dressers, hallucinatory dream sequences, sex-change surgeries, spirited cat fights, borderline-pornographic simulated sex scenes, poetic monologues, a haunted house, and a stampede of wild buffalo. Released under various titles across the country -- I Lived Two Lives, I Changed My Sex -- this fiasco bombed across the board but managed to gain Wood enough notoriety in the "B"-movie world to launch a career that is today the stuff of legend.
26th November - Hercules Returns (1993)
When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages the opening night by switching the Italian peplum film about mixed adventures of Hercules, Samson and other classical and mythological heroes with a non-subtitled version. Brad and his team hilariously improvise the dialogue and make up their own sound effects screamed from the projectionists room to the audience. This ends up in a delirious mix of footage from the old movie with crazy comic dialogues from today turning the movie into a gay fest Great comedy.