Audience Award-Best Documentary Feature, Slamdance Film
Festival Best Documentary Feature & The Michael J. Burg Documentary
Jury Award: Frameline: The San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Best Documentary Feature, Athens International Film And Video
Festival, Festival Directors Award, Silverlake Film Festival
An honest portrayal of a family in turmoil, the film follows a pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female. Captured over a period of three years, it documents the twins and their parents, examining the Farley's struggle to redefine their family. Through candid and extensive interviews with the twins and their family, it recounts these troubled times, interweaving the twins' difficult past with their efforts to find themselves in the present.
SEARCHING 4 SANDEEP, Poppy Stockell, Australia, 55’, INPUT
Despite living in one of the gay capitals of the world, 28 year old Sydneysider Poppy Stockell is forced online in her search for love. When she meets 31-year-old Anglo-Indian Sandeep Virdi, she thinks she’s found the one. Unfortunately, Sandeep lives at home in the British Midlands with her conservative Sikh parents and three younger sisters. Oh, and she’s not out to any of them. The film uses raw, incredibly frank footage, to chart Poppy and Sandeep’s often funny, always tumultuous relationship over two years and three continents.
SNEAK PREVIEW ASK NOT, Johnny Symons, USA, 73’
A rare and compelling exploration of the effects of the US military’s ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy, which forces American gay and lesbian service members to deny their sexuality. The documentary exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law and weaves together the experiences of young charismatic veterans and community organisers using personal activism to create change. As it uncovers the full impact and hidden costs of the policy, the film provokes thoughtful dialogue about the merits of banning those who are honest about their identities from serving their country.
Sunday, 14 September
SOUTH ASIA PREMIERE RED WITHOUT BLUE, Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills & Todd Sills, USA, 74’
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Highest Audience Vote, Sydney Film Festival Hot Docs, 2008 BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival