ABC Arts, the arts division of Australian pubcaster ABC, has teamed with federal funding body Screen Australia to fund 10 doc projects from the LGBTQI community.
The money comes courtesy of ‘Love Bites’, a joint doc initiative that the two institutions spearheaded to mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2018.
Each of the selected projects will span five minutes, and air on the Arts channel on ABC iview next year, to coincide with the Mardis Gras event. Love Bites has contributed AUD$10,000 to each project.
Government resource Film Victoria has provided additional funding support for the four projects in the mix hailing from from Victoria filmmaking teams.
“The ‘Love Bites’ documentaries will invite us into the lives of the LGBTQI community and explore the incredible diversity within the broader Australian rainbow family,” said Liz Stevens, senior manager of documentary at Screen Australia.
“At a time when empathy and understanding is so publicly battling with fear and ignorance, the art form of documentary can really come into its own by showing reality without judgement. We look forward to seeing these stories hit screens next year.”
Below, a list of the funded projects, with descriptions courtesy of Screen Australia:
“Beyond the Mirrorball” (New South Wales)
From producer Josh Feeney and producer/director Luke Cornish – what comes next for the over-50s generation of the LGBTQI community moving on from the disco lights of the party scene.
“Club Arak” (NSW)
From producer Alissar Gazal and director Fadia Abboudb – the story of Sydney’s original queer Arab dance party that has for 15 years created a safe space that empowered and encouraged Arabs to gather and celebrate their cultural identity.
From producer Stephanie Westwood and director Ramon Watkins – an innovative exploration of queer experiences with dating app culture, told through dance and animation.
“Dani Boi” (VIC)
From producer Zena Bartlett and director Logan Mucha, about a provocative drag king and how radical performance art can play a role in challenging gender conformity.
“Desperately Seeking Shavers” (VIC)
From producer Christina Radburn and writer/director Emmett Aldred, an examination of the role facial hair plays in expressing and actualizing identity for Trans and gender diverse people.
From producer Jessica Magro, executive producer Kate Paul and director Jermaine D’Vauz – a celebration of the life of Samoan-Australian entertainer Fez Faanana (pictured) who represents Australia on the world stage in dazzling drag and co-founded the all-male burlesque company ‘Briefs Factory’.
“Monsta Gras” (NSW)
From producer Jain Moralee and director Kelli Jean Drinkwater, about one of Sydney’s most legendary art parties hosted by The Glitter Militia, and the feminist political playground that redefines what it means to be queer.
“Queen Biryani” (NSW)
From producer Kate Vinen and director Gary Paramanathan – the story of new Pakistani migrant Ali who challenges gender norms by serving up delicious South Asian cuisine through his catering company donned in glittering saris.
“Same Same” (NSW)
From producer Lizzie Cater and writer/director Thomas Wilson-White who will draw from his own life for a documentary about growing up with gay parents, and reimagine the many possible versions of Australian families.
“Wicked Women: There’s No Stopping Us Now” (VIC)
From producer/director Anna Brownfield, a history of the lesbian erotic magazine Wicked Women which launched in 1988 and turned lesbian Australia upside down – liberating lesbian sex for generations to come.