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In the lead-up to Tropical Fruits New Year celebrations, the northern rivers serves up yet another gem in the crown. The cultural event of the pre-New Year season is the Queer Fruits Film Festival.

This independent regional queer film festival, the only one of its kind in Australia, is now in its fourth year and provides a brilliant gem in the crown of northern rivers queer culture.

Queer Fruits Film Festival was established to provide a vital regional screen culture event to enable the GLBTIQ communities and wider community to participate in the celebration and innovation of international queer filmmaking culture.

Opening night will be preceded by the Tropical Fruits New Year Parade through the streets of Lismore, ending at the festival venue! Truly exciting!

The 2012 Festival is screened in the Grand Auditorium, Lismore & District Workers Club (Lismore, NSW, Australia). The festival venue provides a full festival experience, with bistros and bars for between session, an opening-night gala and after-party: the places to be seen!

The 2012 film festival will again be a popular event with those visiting for New Year and locals alike, a place to meet and greet, while experiencing an enticing program of queer cinema. Innovative, entertaining, intelligent and celebratory films of all lengths from queer filmmakers and films with queer themes; from short films, to selected features. Films that uplift and inspire; films that explore the serious realities and issues that confront the GLBTIQ communities. Fabulous films that exude a charisma.

Two highlights of this year’s festival are Buck Angel’s Sexing the Transman and the radical Hong Kong drama Graupel Poetry.

Buck Angel’s revolutionary film is a feature-length tour of transman sexuality, including interviews and graphic video with a variety of transmen and the people who love them.

Bruce Saxway’s Graupel Poetry is the tale of inseparable brothers Leung and Ming, who go to the big city pursuing their dreams of becoming successful actors. What is described as an ‘unusual intimacy’ emerges in their daily lives.

Queer Fruits Film Festival, Lismore & District Workers Club, Grand Auditorium, 231 Keen St, Lismore, NSW.

Tickets www.queerfruitsfilmfestival.org/ticketing.html or email [email protected]eerfruitsfilmfestival.org.

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