Magda Szubanski, the famous lesbian comedian and now face for gay rights across Australia, was among others that turned up to the Melbourne Queer Film Festival this week for the 22nd annual event.
According to MQFF, the much-loved Aussie TV star, propelled to international fame through her character Sharon in Kath and Kim, introduced the first film and got a little ‘choked up’ due to the audience showing ‘a lot of love’.
After Szubanski talked to the crowd, the annual event opened with the 2010 film Cloudburst, the winner of the Atlantic Film Festival People's Choice Audience Award for Best Film, among many others.
Starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, the film follows the story of an elderly lesbian couple and their fight to keep their family together as they travel to Nova Scotia to get legally married.
The opening nights also featured a screening of Casper Andreas’ latest film, Going Down in La La Land, and was introduced by Jesse Archer who plays the bitchy character Matthew in the film.
Running for over 22 years, the MQFF has been a favourite among many members of the Australian LGBTI community and is the oldest festival of its kind in the country.