LGBT Highlights At Byron Bay Film Festival

I Am A Girl
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

The 7th Byron Bay International Film Festival is once again rolling out its red carpet for a captivating, stimulating and entertaining dose of screen culture from 1 to 10 March 2013.

Festival Director, J'aimee Skippon-Volke and the BBFF team present 220 films in 55 sessions from 42 countries across 4 venues in the Byron Bay International Film Festival. Their selection includes 3 films that explore sexuality.

“We are thrilled to have such a diversity of high calibre films at BBFF2013 that explore both the timeless questions of sexuality from the perspectives of very different individuals from around the world at different stages of maturity, along with very modern-day issues in the LGBT community, such as the complications of love when you are HIV affected.” says J'aimee.

LGBT films in the BBFF program include a special Fundraising Screening of Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, a film from the USA and France.

Legendary James Dean's sexual orientation has long been debated since his untimely death in a car accident in 1955. Set in the early 1950s, the film focuses on Dean's experiences as a rising star in Los Angeles, capturing the confidence and talent of 20-year-old Dean, along with his appetite for fame, intimacy, and sex with both men and women.

A portion of the proceeds from this screening will go to ACON, the Northern River's largest community-based LGBT health and wellbeing organisation.

Part One: Love is short, moving Australian documentary directed by Pete Ireland that considers the truth about love. For the six men in this film, love has been a torrid and sometimes beautiful journey, convoluted by being gay and HIV positive.

From the Netherlands, BBFF presents multi award-winning short film I Am A Girl!. Dutch film maker Susan Koenen explores the challenges of self identity through a teenager's eyes, delving into the complex life of Joppe, as she candidly reveals what it’s like to be a girl trapped in a boy’s body.

Don’t miss the chance to open your aperture with these exceptional films at this year's Byron Bay International Film Festival. 

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