Opening Night Gala
"Freak Show is the Loud, Queer Coming of Age Story We've Been Waiting For"
- OUT Hilton Dresden
"Freak Show Asks The Question, How Do You Identify? — & The Answer Is Obliteration"
- Refinery29 Meagan Fredette
DATE: Friday 9 Mar 2018
TIME: 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM
Join us from 6:30pm for pre-drinks then film starting at 7pm
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Director Trudie Styler
Screenwriters Patrick J. Clifton, Beth Rigazio
Cast Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Ian Nelson
Genre Feature, Drama / Comedy
Run Time 91min
Billy Bloom is one-of-a-kind, fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager.
Awards & Screenings
Berlin International Film Festival 2017 - Nominated Best First Feature Award, Generation 14plus; Nominated Teddy Award; Twist 2017 Seattle Queer Film Festival; Mardi Gras Film Festival 2018
Source The Works International
Join us for the Opening Night Gala of the 19th Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2018.
Enjoy free drink on arrival in the foyer from 6:30pm, for 7pm film in cinema.
Festival favourite, Freak Show, starring Alex Lawther (Netflix's The End of The Fxxxing World, Black Mirror, Departure), as Billy Bloom, our 'freak reclaiming' hero, is faced with his fabulous mother (the divine Bette Midler) having to leave Billy with his straight-laced father. He quickly discovers that he's like a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school, and undaunted by the bullies who don't understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way. Oh and with a cameo from the inimitable Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black).
Based on the novel by James St. James, audiences will no doubt remember the name of Disco Bloodbath, which was later turned into the 2004 film Party Monster, now witnessing another book of his being transformed into a cinematic production, with his 2007 young adult novel Freak Show.