Celebrating its 30th year (just like us!) the annual Galway Film Fleadh, held from July 10 – 15, is hosting a queer-specific programme entitled ‘Out on Film’ comprised of six diverse LGBT+ feature films.
The programme’s kicks off with ‘Wild Nights With Emily’, which focuses largely on the omitted parts of legendary poet Emily Dickinson’s life from mainstream biographies, concerning itself namely with Dickinson’s romantic relationship with her sister-in-law and childhood best-friend Susan Ziegler.
Adopting a more lighthearted approach to previous depictions of the sensitive and ‘spinster’ poet, ‘Wild Nights With Emily’ challenges the heteronormative and male gaze typically appointed to its subject. The film stars the delightful Molly Shannon as Dickinson, SNL alumni who rose to critical acclaim in the queer film ‘Other People’. Directed by Madeline Olnek, the screening will be held on Wednesday, July 11th, followed by a Q & A with the director.
Also included is the new documentary ‘Tranny Fag’ which follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo. Premiering at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, ‘Tranny Fag’ won a Teddy Award as the best LGBTQ-themed documentary film of the festival.
Not to miss also is ‘A Deal With The Universe’, another documentary feature from transgender filmmaker (and former BFI Flare programmer) Jason Barker, which follows Jason’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of his and his partner’s life.
And what’s a film festival without a world premiere? Named for the Chilean drink of local eggnog with nutmeg, pisco and coffee, ‘Cola de Mono’, is an atmospheric Chilean film described as a heady mix between ‘It Follows’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name’.
‘Out On Film’ also delivers one of the most talked about queer films of 2018, Disobedience. Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, Disobedience is directed by Sebastián Lelio, whose previous film A Fantastic Woman won last year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Tickets and further information for the ‘Out on Film’ programme can be found here, nestled amongst the diverse sub-programmes that house a whopping 107 feature films that make up this years’ Galway Film Fleadh.
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