"Perhaps we take for granted the power of film. We tend to dismiss certain stories with a casual 'it’s just a movie'. But And Then We Danced speaks to what movies are capable of. Film, and especially queer film, is a political act. It has the power to move someone, enrage them or even change their point of view." 

— Levan Akin

DATE: Friday 6 March 2020

TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm

LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas

Join us for the Opening Night Gala.
Enjoy complimentary drink on arrival in the foyer from 6:30pm, for 7pm film in cinema.


Year  2019

Country  Georgia, Sweden

Language  Georgian with English subtitles

Director  Levan Akin

Genre  Drama

Run Time  106min

Cast  Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili

Awards & Screenings Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, Jury award for Best Feature - IMAGE+NATION, Audience Award - Mezipatra Queer Film Festival.

Source  Totem Films

Queensland Premiere


The gender conservative ancient Georgian dance scene is the setting for a story about Merab, a headstrong young dancer who desperately struggles to rise above the mediocrity and poverty surrounding him. Going through rigorous auditions,  he dedicates his life to obtaining a place in the prestigious Georgian National Ensemble. The last minute addition of Irakli in the dance troupe threatens to destroy everything Merab has fought so hard for. Irakli is everything Merab is not. He dances effortlessly with unwavering confidence. In Merab’s desperate struggle to achieve greatness, he decides to break the codes and risk it all. 



"A visual metaphor for the pain and ecstasy of someone finally fully living their own truth" - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Screening with short film   Boldly Go

Director  Christopher Cosgrove 

Year  2019

Country  Australia

Run Time  5min
Cast   Adam Sollis and Nicolai Lafayette


A young gay man is hiding an embarrassing secret about his body. When a long-term crush begins seducing him at a party, he is forced to confront his shame and expose the truth, or risk losing the boy of his dreams.

Boldly Go is a coming-of-age love story that examines the emotional transition from shame to acceptance. Shame is a burden frequently shared by those in both the queer and differently-abled communities. It is the toxic manifestation of a society that frequently tells us we are either unwanted or insufficient. Overcoming shame requires an individual to accept themselves for who they truly are, and to share that person honestly and openly with others. 

— Christopher Cosgrove 



5 - 15 MARCH 2020

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