UTS filmmakers at Queerscreen 2020
Once again the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a loud and proud partner of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, with talented and tenacious UTS filmmakers representing throughout. Here are just a few films and activities to keep an eye out for.
Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt) - Thursday 13 and Sunday 23 February
First the first time in its history, Queerscreen's Opening Night film is an Aussie feature which stars UTS Media Arts and Production graduate Sophie Hawkshaw (B/Communication, 2017).
Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt) is an uplifting comedy about high school girls in love, with Sophie Hawkshaw playing Ellie; "a strong-willed school captain who is seriously crushing on her rebellious classmate, Abbie. Luckily, Ellie's Aunt Tara, a lesbian activist who died in the 1980s, appears from the afterlife with plenty of old-school advice for Ellie – whether her niece wants it or not."
The cast also includes Aussie TV doyenne Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, A Place to Call Home), New Zealand’s brilliant and hilarious Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnorok).
Lingua Franca - Saturday 22 February
Queerscreen also presents Lingua Franca, "a landmark narrative feature about an undocumented Filipina immigrant transwoman in New York, by award-winning Filipina writer and director Isabel Sandoval."
Produced by UTS film graduate Carlo Velayo (B/Communication and International Studies, 2008), Lingua Franca was the first film at the Venice Film Festival to star, and be written and directed by a transwoman of colour.
Lingua Franca also stars Australian actor Eamon Farren (The Witcher, Twin Peaks).
Networking for Queer Filmmakers - Tuesday 18 February
UTS FASS is co-presenting Networking for Queer Filmmakers on Tuesday 18 February.
This speed networking event is a chance for you to find that missing collaborator for your next project.
Artists from every discipline and at all career levels are invited to work together to advance queer film.
The event is completely free and but space is limited, so click here to book now.
Interested in filmmaking? Learn about our Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) or Master of Media Practice and Industry.