The City of Greater Geelong and the GASP project is proud to be partnering with 6 local governments in the west as part of Midsumma Go West. The Melbourne Midsumma Festival is Melbourne's Arts and Cultural festival for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) people and their friends.
On Saturday January 31 CoGG in partnership with Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong Regional Libraries and Tilde will be hosting an afternoon of book readings (with a focus on children, rainbow families and young people) and an evening of movies which all tell stories of GLBT people. The book readings will begin at 2 pm and the movies at 5 pm at Courthouse Youth Arts in Little Malop Street, Geelong
Movies order and trailers
These will be screened on the 31 January from 5 pm to midnight at Courthouse Youth Arts.
5:00 – 6:30 But I am a Cheerleader
6:30 – 7:00 Dinner
Trans/Gender diverse films
7:00 -8:20 Documentary KUMU HINA
8:20 – 8:30 break
8:30 -10:00 Documentary MY PRAIRIE HOME and BROTHERBOYS YARNIN UP’ (9mins)
10:00 – 10:10 break
10:10 – 11:45 Shelter
But I am Cheerleader
Megan (Natasha Lyonne) considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn't that crazy about him. So she's stunned when her parents decide she's gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp mean… Moret to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham (Clea DuVall). Though Megan still feels confused, she starts to have feelings for Graham
My Prairie Home
Official selection at Sundance 2014. My Prairie Home follows indie singer Rae Spoon and takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, Spoon sweetly croons us through their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician. My Prairie Home calls into question how we choose to define home, and asks us to celebrate the places in between, be they in music, geography or gender.
Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i is a place where someone assigned a little boy can grow up to be the woman of their dreams, and a young person can rise to become a leader among men. Set over a year in Honolulu, the film follows the year-long quest of Hina Wong-Kalu, a Native Hawaiian māhū – or transgender – teacher and leader who uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim their place as leader of their school’s all-male hula troupe. This quest unfolds along an exploration of Hina’s relationship with a Tongan man that proves to be more complicated than hoped for, and hints at some of the compromises trans people may make. A documentary that unfolds like a narrative film, Kumu Hina offers insight into a Hawai’i rarely seen on screen.
Brotherboys Yarnin it Up
Wuli Wuli and Waka Waka brotherboy Kai and Wiradjuri brotherboy Dean explain what it means to be a brotherboy and talk about their transition journeys and the support they have been given in their own Indigenous communities.
Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.
My Prairie Home
Canada, 2013, 77 mins. Dir. Chelsea McMullan
Australia, 2014, 9 mins. Dir. Lisa O’Brien and Aunty Gloria
Hawai’i, 2014, 77 mins. Dir. Dean Hamer