"If I am destined to be the loose thread that unravels the gender of everyone around me then I am going to pull and pull and pull and pull and pull until everyone is exposed, till they all finally see that all along that they were merely wearing the emperor’s new clothes".
— Julia Serano's “Cocky”
DATE: Sunday 15 March 2020
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
'Out to Brunch' session
Timing is everything. Line up your brunch date for the last day of BQFF 2020.
Director Rhys Ernst
Run Time 95min
Cast Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine, Margaret Qualley, Colton Ryan, Dana Aliya Levinson, Maxton Miles Baeza, Ana Gasteyer, Mj Rodriguez
Awards & Screenings Sundance Film Festival, Winner Outstanding Directing - Outfest LA, NewFest, Best Feature Film - Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Inside Out, Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival
Source Visit Films
Awkward, self-conscious Adam Freeman (Nicholas Alexander) has just finished his junior year of high school in 2006. When his cool older sister Casey (Margaret Qualley) suggests he visit her in New York for the summer, Adam has visions of meeting a girl and finally gaining some actual life experience. The fantasy doesn’t materialise exactly as expected. Casey has enthusiastically embraced life amidst Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ community (including Leo Sheng from The L Word: Generation Q) and invites Adam to tag along with her to queer bars, marriage equality rallies and other happenings. When Adam falls at first sight for Gillian (Bobbi Salvör Menuez), a smart, beautiful young woman in this new crowd, she mistakenly assumes he is trans. Flummoxed and enamoured, he haplessly goes along with her assumption, resulting in an increasingly complex comedy – and tragedy of errors he’s ill-equipped to navigate.
I’m a queer transgender man and film director who has dedicated my life to telling trans stories, to expanding the boundaries of what a trans story can be, while seeking to improve the condition of trans people’s lives through storytelling.
— Rhys Ernst