An important voice in independent queer cinema. 33 years after its' making, the film will be shown in a restored digital version at many festivals around the world, and marking the 20th anniversary edition of Brisbane Queer Film Festival.

Bringing the theme this year for our 20th edition of reflection - highlighting the power of films to create awareness, change and acceptance. A reflection of where we have come from and the visibility we have stood for in these 20 years.

Brisbane Queer Film Festival is proud to partner with Queensland Positive People (QPP) and Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) to present this year's Opening Night film BUDDIES (1985).

DATE: Thursday 7th March 2019

TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm

LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas

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


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Year  1985

Country  USA

Language  English

Director  Arthur J. Bressan Jr.

Genre  Retrospective

Run Time  82min

Cast  Geoff Edholm, David Schachter

Awards & Screenings

Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 40, 2019

Source  Frameline Distribution


Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. created this gay indie masterpiece in 1985 after more than a decade of making gay adult films. When 25 year-old gay yuppie David (David Schachter) volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the gay community center assigns him to Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32 year-old politically impassioned gay California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room, Bressan skillfully unfolds this devastating two-hander (the rest of the cast is only heard off-screen). As David gazes out at the piers and rooftops of Manhattan, we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. And as David is changed by knowing Robert, so too are we. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Buddies achieves a rare perfection. It’s a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.
The first feature-length drama about AIDS, Buddies has long been unavailable. Frameline is proud to distribute this new 2K digital restoration. Frameline and the Shanti Project co-presented the film’s original world premiere on September 12th, 1985 at the Castro Theatre with Bressan and his cast in attendance. Five days later, on September 17th 1985, President Ronald Reagan finally uttered the word “AIDS” in public for the first time. Sadly, Bressan and actor Geoff Edholm both died of AIDS, in 1987 and 1989 respectively. Buddies co-star David Schachter is alive and well in New York City. 

Screening with short   Lunch at the Scenic Rim (Episode 4, from Gay and Loathing in Bris Vegas)

Creators  John B. Uren and Craig Rossiter

Year  2019

Country  Australia

Run Time  4min

In this episode, 20th Century gay, Nathan (Sean Dennehy) is desperately trying to clean the house before his 20th Century ex-wife Janice arrives for lunch. Nathan’s partner, post-muddled millennial gay, Garette (Leigh Buchanan​), does what his generation does best and becomes offended.



5 - 15 MARCH 2020

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