Queer Film Lovers Get Ready to take Your Seats for the 2010 Out Takes Film Festival
Coming to Auckland audiences May 27th - June 2nd and Wellington audiences
June 3rd – 9th. This year’s programme boasts big names, big budgets and
quality productions; all hand picked by the Out Takes event organisers,
Reel Queer Incorporated. From documentaries to comedies, short films to
thought provoking features the Out Takes 2010: A Reel Queer Film Festival
has a film for every discerning fan.
This is the 16th year the film festival has run with each event gaining a
wider audience and following. Out Takes showcases the trials, tribulations
and triumphs of queer issues in a variety of genres helped along by a bit
of Hollywood eye candy (Robert Pattinson) high rating documentaries, and
oh-so-stylish films such as We Are the Mods.
“We are really focussing on quality features this year” says Out Takes
Chief Programmer Simon Fulton. “We have the first ever New Zealand
cinematic screening of the big-budget period drama Little Ashes featuring
Twilight star Robert Pattinson; love stories shot in the queer nightlife
of Athens like Strella; and comedic feel-good films like Drool, also
featuring Mulholland Drive’s Laura Harring.”
People with a passion for New Zealand queer cinema aren’t missing out
either. Richard O’Brien, the man who wrote The Rocky Horror Picture Show,
gives an entertaining insight into his life, and Christopher Banks returns
after last year’s success, Teddy with a new short film, Communication,
already booked to play in several festivals worldwide and is having its
U.S. premiere in April. Plus a number of the international and national
Directors will be in attendance at the festival.
The Opening Night film and party in Auckland is the 27th of May at Rialto
Cinema featuring ‘And Then Came Lola’ and ‘An Englishman in New York’.
Wellington’s Opening Night and Party is June 3rd at the Paramount Theatre
with ‘An Englishman in New York’ plus there’s the Lesbian Gala film and
party on June 6th with ‘And Then Came Lola.’ These events sold out last
year and are expected to again in 2010.
Out Takes 2010 is presented by a non-profit group of queer volunteers,
Reel Queer Incorporated who have been organising New Zealand's annual
queer film festival - Out Takes - since 1995. Reel Queer Inc aims to bring
an annual showcase of films that reflect the lives of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, takatpui and intersex communities to cinemas
in New Zealand’s largest cities.
Festival programmes will be available from May 1 at queer-friendly venues
and businesses in Auckland and Wellington. Tickets for the films and
Opening Nights are on sale May 3 from the respective cinemas with single
and six-trip passes available.
For more information visit: www.outtakes.org.nz.