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Millbrook Winery – divine dining

I just love it when you have heard glowing reports of the food at a restaurant and when you finally get there and find out all of the rave reviews were certainly spot on.

It was a hot, humid, sticky Sunday when we headed out to Jarrahdale to visit Millbrook Winery and have lunch.  The setting is just stunning with natural bushland all around the property .  It creates the most amazing setting and when you make your way from the wine tasting downstairs up to the restaurant the landscape comes into focus.

This is the perfect setting for a long lazy Sunday lunch.

First though so history of Millbrook…

A boutique winery and restaurant in the historic town of Jarrahdale , 50 minutes south-east of Perth. The winery is located at the Chestnut Farm, a property that backs on to the Serpentine River and is nestled among jarrah forests, with stunning vistas of the rolling landscape.

The origins of Chestnut Farm date back to the 19th century, when the original owner, Joseph Batt, planted an orchard and the first grapevines in 1865, providing fruit to the local timber-millers in Jarrahdale.

In 1996, Chestnut Farm and Millbrook Winery were bought by Peter and Lee Fogarty. The Fogartys, together with their children John, Mark and Anna, planted new vines, making the vineyard a true labour of love.

In 2001, construction of the state-of-the-art winery was completed. It is now a stunning home to a modern winemaking facility, barrel halls, a tasting room and a restaurant.

One of the things that stands out is the fact that they do not buy fruit and vegetables but source them on the property from the 90 year old orchard and the heirloom vegetable garden which is grown from last years saved seeds, as well as stone fruits, citrus, figs, apples, free range eggs, olives and honey that all come from the estate.   Nearly all of the products used are sourced locally and as sustainably as possible. These are the factors that influence how the menu evolves and created an amazing lunch for us!

You have 2 choices for lunch; either order a la carte who do the $75 three course choice which enables you to select 3 courses with the addition of olives and bread and a special course between main course and dessert to cleanse the palate.

Of course being people who love food we all chose the $75 three course option.  We all started with the Kitchen’s Choice to begin with that consisted of 3 delightful dishes.  The figs were served with popped corn and fresh corn and created the most divine tastes that were simply gorgeous.  Sitting along side this was cucumber served with lamb shoulder that melted in the mouth and tasted amazing. Finally there was the kingfish served with homegrown plums that had been prepared with salt, pepper and some sugar to create a complexity that just added another dimension to the kingfish.

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This was the perfect start to our meal.

We then moved on to the main course and 3 of us chose to have the Viognier braised rabbit risotto with bacon and fennel.  This was a light, flavorful main course and the crisp bacon served on top of the risotto added another element to the flavors.

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Trevor chose the stewed poverello beans that were served with 2 cuts of pork (they use the whole pig and as this dish is sold the cuts served vary) and this was served with sage oil.  The pork was succulent and full of flavor and the beans were the perfect vegetable to go with this.

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Served with the main course was Chef Guy Jeffreys take on potato salad – lightly roasted potatoes served warm and served with an homemade mayonnaise under the potatoes.

We were then served fresh mulberries as a palate cleanser which was just beautiful.

Then it was time to think about dessert and for this course we all chose to try something different.

I chose the plums, mascarpone parfait, shortbread.  The plums were sweet (one of them had been grilled to add yet another dimension to the dish) and complimented the mascarpone parfait with a light crisp shortbread.  It was sensational!

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Rodney had the chocolate mousse cake served with macadamia nuts and ginger ice cream.  This was a real delight and Rodney loved every mouthful.

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Robbie had the trio of ice creams served hidden under a light crisp biscuit and each one complimented the other to create a stunning warm Sunday delight to finish the meal with.

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Trevor completed his meal with the licorice all sorts that was served with ice cream.  This was a deconstructed idea of an all sort but it all worked so wonderfully together to create another memorable dessert.

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The restaurant has been lauded and won many awards in the last couple of years. Head Chef, Guy Jeffreys, was named Chef of the Year 2017 by the West Australian Good Food Guide for “plating up food that is memorable, creative and generous” with the restaurant rated 2nd across the whole state.

Millbrook was listed as one of Australia’s Top 500 Restaurants of 2017 by the Australian Financial Review and was named in the Top 10 Restaurants in Western Australia by both Qantas Travel Insider and Gourmet Traveller magazines. Millbrook also features in the Top Regional Restaurants in Western Australia in Gourmet Traveller’s 2018 Restaurant Guide and in Broadsheet’s Restaurants of Australia.  I promise you if you make the journey out there you will not be disappointed.  It really is one of those restaurants that will stick in you mind for a long time.

Do yourself a favor and head to Millbrook, you will not be disappointed, but book before hand as they were full up on Sunday!

https://www.millbrook.wine/

The restaurant is open Thursday to Monday for lunch only from 12 noon.

New Peer Mentor Program launches in Perth!

Living with HIV has changed over the past 3 – 4 years.  With modern treatment and support, HIV positive people can lead healthy and active lives.  Learning how to do this does not have to be overwhelming, and no one needs to be isolated or alone.

As part of my employment as the HIV Positive Peer Educator at the WA AIDS Council, I have been working over the past few months on putting together a new project that will enhance and support people with HIV in WA in 2018 and beyond.

The WA AIDS Council Peer Mentoring Service can provide the most current HIV information, answer questions, offer support and show how other people deal with HIV.

Peer Mentors are trained and educated on the current health issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, STI’s, self-care, disease progression, co-morbidities, HIV and aging and well-being.  Through a series of supportive discussions, they use everyday language instead of jargon or medical terminology to make topics easier to understand.

The role of a Peer Mentor is to support a person with HIV to gain knowledge and develop HIV self-management strategies, providing the important information need to achieve goals while living with HIV.

Talking with someone who is living with HIV can reduce the stress and anxiety that some people experience and also reduce isolation.  Having good mental health and social supports are important to keep HIV in check, improve emotional health in areas of self-esteem, depression, stigma and discrimination, battling isolation and building support networks.

Here in Western Australia, we are located in the largest state in Australia and the ability to reach out and work with people with HIV who are more rural and isolated is another aim of the Peer Mentors.  Through the use of modern technology such as Skype the ability to keep people connected and supported will help to reduce that sense of isolation that can be detrimental to living positively.

A Peer Mentor  is an HIV positive person who can assist other HIV positive people who are newly diagnosed or who are needing support from someone who is living with HIV to:

  • Improve emotional health
  • Understand current treatments and the role of treatments as prevention in the HIV lived experience
  • Develop disclosure strategies for meeting personal challenges
  • Navigate ‘well-being’.

The program is not limited to those who have been newly diagnosed but is also open to any person living with HIV who might want to address some of their health concerns.  Peer Mentors can assist with support around changing medications, dealing with co-morbidities and the issues of ageing while living with HIV, maximizing quality of life and also to assist in connecting people with appropriate services.

On Tuesday 23 January I will be holding an information night for people with HIV here in Perth who might like to join the program.

If you would like to register your interest then please email me at mreid@waaids.com or

The Golden Globes – sending a message loud and clear! #TIMESUP

Usually at this time of year I am posting about all of the amazing fashion and some of the not so fabulous fashion that hit the red carpet during the start of the annual Hollywood awards season.  This year in deference to an amazing night with a strong message I will still be talking about the fashion but it would be remiss of me not to talk about the strong message and some of the most inspiring speeches I have heard at an awards ceremony for a long time!

With the focus being on my favorite color for clothes, black, the opportunity to create and present some incredible looks was still possible and in fact well and truly achieved.

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars had an important message to share with women all around the world on Sunday night at the Globes. Barbra Streisand, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were among the famous faces who used the night as a platform to speak about the #TIMESUP movement; an initiative launched against sexual harassment.

The change in tone was evident on the red carpet, with almost all female attendees and most of the men, wearing head-to-toe black in a show of support for the cause. Meanwhile, many of the night’s big winners took the opportunity to make reference to #TIMESUP and share their own empowering messages with viewers during their acceptance speeches.

From Oprah’s declaration that “nobody will ever have to say ‘Me Too’ again”, to Viola Davis telling women “you are born being worthy”.

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Debra Messing began on the red carpet, addressing the subject of gender inequality while talking to E! : “You know, I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” she said.

Barbra Streisand addressed the lack of women being honoured for directing as she announced the winner for Best Motion Picture Drama. “I heard them say something about, I was the only woman to get the Best Director award. And you know, that was 1984. That was 34 years ago,” Barbra said talking about her 1983 film Yentl. She continued. “Folks, time’s up! We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women.”

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The most powerful speech of the night was from Oprah.  This was one of the most well thought out, inspiring speeches and really hit the nail on the head with each point that was made.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.”

This was a night that really belonged to the women present and it is my hope that moving forward the momentum can continue and with the start of the #Metoo movement last year that we finally have the strength and the voices raised to really make a difference and see the importance of standing with and supporting women who are sexually harassed, diminished, to close the gender pay gap and become better human beings.

 

 

Love Wins- but what a journey!

I am filled with such mixed emotions today now that we have Marriage Equality finally…it has been such a long road and the end result is an amazing one we must never forget how damaging this has been for so many in the LGBTQI community. Putting our community through a postal vote and making this issue one for people that have no vested interest in who I marry was demoralizing and degrading for many.

This has been a long and at times terribly negative few months that bought up memories that I had thought that I had moved on from with early days of coming out and homophobia that still exists today…add to that the smug Liberals touting the historic win and how they had made this happen and how positive it really was, when in fact we saw so much hate, sadness and anxiety throughout the community.

Why did we have to spend over $100 million to get this result when all other issues the need to be legislated on get dealt with by the people that we have elected to deal with them.

It also fascinates me that after saying he would vote with the will of his constituents and after a resounding 75% voted yes, Tony Abbott made a quick exit yesterday when the final vote occurred.  Even after he had spent most of the day supporting all of the stalling tactics of ridiculous amendments that were being presented by the right wing of the party.  In the end he did not have the guts to do what he said he would do, and after this survey was thrust on us by him and his right wing cronies.

I am so pleased and proud that I now have the chance to marry my love and partner of the last 35 years when and if we choose to but I want to also remember all those who have not survived to see this happen…we must remember that this has been a long, hard fight and whilst we celebrate we need to honor and support all those in the community that have struggled through the last months..there has been damage done.

Today we celebrate and rejoice but always remember the history of what it has taken to get us here! xxxx

#loveislove #marriageequality

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One of the photos halfway through the campaign with gorgeous friends and 2 of my beautiful grandsons.

Call Me By Your Name – a brilliant new film by Luca Guadagino

I have the great pleasure to see lots of films and I have seen some great films this year but on Friday I had the great pleasure to see a film that for me is the best that I have seen this year!

It’s the early 1980s. Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is living an idyllic existence in Italy with his parents. One summer, his charmed life is disturbed by Oliver (Armie Hammer), who comes to spend six weeks with the family, helping Elio’s father. They are six weeks that will change Elio’s life forever.

Based on Andre Aciman’s novel, it’s a romance overwhelming in its intensity, a heart that swells until it has to burst and is cinematic-ally beautiful.

Elio (Chalamet) is 17 years old and living in the Italian countryside with his parents (Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar). Handsome, but more boyish than he perhaps believes, Elio is confident and smart, liked by everyone who meets him. Every room he enters is his. But he is thrown off balance by the arrival of Oliver (Hammer), a twentysomething who has come to stay to assist Elio’s father in his work. Oliver looks like the American ideal distilled into a single man. And with his charm, looks and presence outstripped, Elio is immediately transfixed and consumed with Oliver.

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Guadagnino’s telling of the development of this romance, which changes both parties, is simple yet complex on so many levels.  He fills every scene with life. Trees are heavy with fruit; people are always eating; the chirping of crickets a constant soundtrack.  Long summer days melt away with a gentle routine of swimming, cycling and time doing nothing.

The screenplay, written by James Ivory, is elegant and full of small surprises. The level of attention given to even the smallest of characters means so many of them have an impact even with minimal screen time — Elio’s brief girlfriend breaks your heart with a handful of lines with her presence, vulnerability and sincerity. The few vocal emotional outpourings are powerful and earned — a final paternal monologue by Stuhlbarg  late in the film is as verbose as the film gets and its impact is immense (bring tissues). But much is conveyed in the many silences which are entrusted to an excellent cast – the looks and all that is left unsaid.

Chalamet is the centre and he gives the kind of performance that immediately sends you to Google to find out where the hell this kid came from, because he gives a performance that will stay with you long after the lights of the cinema have come up. All Elio’s teenage emotions are raw on Chalamet’s skin. He plays him as a person still forming, not scared by his feelings but surprised. In a film in which every performance is terrific, Chalamet makes the rest look like they’re acting. He alone would make the film worth watching, but he’s just one of countless reasons.

Armie Hammer brings a beautifully, complex and at time unreadable to Oliver and his connection with all of the people who come into his orbit make for another stand out performance in this film.

This is a film that’s  full of joy but also emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting performances. A romantic masterpiece that you will long remember, think about and dissect.

If you are going to see one film this Christmas (it opens on Boxing Day) then this is the film you must see.

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Novotel Karon Beach – a great family stay!

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We have just finished a week’s vacation at the Novotel in Karon Beach. This is our second stay here and the hotel is still as good as it was when we first stayed here 3 years ago. The family was 5 adults, one teenager and 4 children aged between 1 and 6. We booked three rooms and had a great, safe time here. The staff were always helpful – especially when we were dealing with crying infants.

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We purchased two ‘ACCOR Advantage plus’ cards (and got a third complimentary one) so the room prices were very good value. The ‘buy one get one’ deals at the restaurants also made it a relatively cheap experience. Staff had no problems dealing with the cards although we had to sign three bills. If you read the conditions for this service and know how it works, it can be very useful when travelling in Asia and the savings with a family of this size really add up over a week.

The location of the hotel is one of its best assets, being a 10 minutes ride from Patong and a 5 minute walk to Karon Beach. We were able to visit the ‘full-on’ life of Patong and return to the safe environment of the hotel, when the kids had had enough. We ended up investing in a baby sitter for the two littlest children which made the two trips to Patong much more enjoyable.

The white colour scheme of the hotel seems designed to emphasise the contrast with the hustle and bustle of Patong. Being so close to Karon Beach is also a bonus as there are lots of shops (for sodas, laundry services and pharmacies). This is a busy tourist area in itself and easier to visit but does not have the same full on atmosphere as Patong and is easier to get around and no where near as crowded which makes it a nice walk when you have had enough time at the pool.

The rooms were set up for the young children with rollout beds, soft toys and chocolates for them on arrival. The food choices in the restaurants always included a kids menu (chips, nuggets, pizza etc) so their eating was not a problem and they really enjoyed the resort as it is really set up for families and caters for them really well.

Unfortunately most of the family, except me and grandson number 2,  caught a stomach bug on the second day and over the seven nights, at least one of us was vomiting at any one time. It as also the wet season which meant leaving the hotel was not easy, so most of our time was spent in the hotel. This was not a problem as the kids club and pool kept the children occupied and we all enjoyed having down time with still being able to keep the children entertained and happy.

The only downside to the hotel is the lack of food options for adults once you enjoy the breakfast, which was really good. There appears to be one kitchen for the whole hotel and the same food appears on the menu of all of the restaurants. The nightly buffet was perhaps the worse, as most of the nights it was held indoors due to the rain. The number of food varieties was poor and they had low numbers of staff, which meant that often the food stations were not refilled quickly. The worse was the ‘Italian night’ – which I will not even try to describe because it was poorly created, the food was unimaginative and there was very little choice.  We had no option on a number of nights but to partake in the buffet and it was the only negative in our stay at the hotel.

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There are a number of beachfront restaurants over the road. These looked good, and we would have eaten here, but with with our stomach bugs it was easier not to and just enjoy the hotel.

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Overall this is a good hotel, especially if you have children who would love the kids club, the kids pool and the friendly atmosphere that the staff create.  Every morning the breakfast restaurant is visited by a Minion and both Xander and Kyen were over the moon and loved the attention that they received with the visitor. It is these little things the kids loved and made it a great place for the family to be staying at.

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We then packed the kids back to Perth and Trevor and I headed to the JW Marriott Hotel on Khao Lak which took us to another level and when comparing things like the buffets, the chefs from the Novotel should jump in a can and take some lessons from the amazing offerings at the Marriott. Although we only did 2 buffet dinners they were top class, great ranges, professional service and amazing value…but more about the Marriott in my next post. But I suppose that is the difference between a 4 star and a 5 star resort you expect and we certainly received amazing service and food options at the Marriott.

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Toughen Up Princess!

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Here we are on a continuous roll call of arguments, counter-arguments, vile attacks and vitriol as we head to November and the results of the Marriage Equality postal survey that we ‘had’ to have.

And here I sit, following the last few years of discussions about an issue that really does not affect everyone and I find myself beginning to struggle with all of the negative words I see, articles that are printed and negativity that is being presented on a daily basis.

I really thought that I was much more resilient than this and if those politicians on the “right’ think we should just all toughen up and deal with it then they are obviously coming from a privileged white middle class male space, where they have not had to deal head on with hate speech, divisive comments and so much more.

As we are more and more connected through social media it is hard to miss the negative messages that seem to seep into even the filtered content.  It really is disheartening to see the misinformation and outright lies that are being peddled to try and get people to vote to stop two people who love each other from getting married.

Of course that is because if they just talked about that people would not engage, instead they have to wrap their arguments up in safe schools, children, ‘stolen generations’, religious freedom and so much more.  It fascinates me that we have to dress something so simple up in complex, confusing lies.

As is said in my previous post we need to remember that we are all human beings and we all deserve respect, thoughtful discussion and a sense of fairness when coming to the decision on which way we want to vote.  I may not agree with people who want to vote no but I will never attack them for that right.  We are a democracy and as flawed as this whole process is, I wish for a more measured, fair and respectful debate!

My partner and I, after 35 years together, may not choose to get married when it finally becomes legal for us to do so, but we will always fight for the right for other same sex couples to get married because at the end of the day it is all about equality and nothing more!yes

I would like to say that I could ‘toughen up princess’, but the daily attacks and negatives have started to have an affect on me, and other people around me, so I am quite happy that I am leaving for annual leave on Monday for 3 weeks so that I can have a rest from this debate for a while and hopefully come back with some of that resilience restored so I can continue to talk, listen and engage with people on why a YES vote is so important.

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Having A Conversation About Marriage Equality

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A fabulous photo that was taken for a story I did recently on Marriage Equality for Community News Group.

As a person who has been in a relationship with my same-sex partner for over 35 years I have from time to time discussed and thought about marriage.  I suppose when I reflect we go against the grain on some levels.  We co-parented 2 children with 2 amazing lesbians many years ago and since that time we have seen our children grow into amazing young adults.  We have walked our daughter down the aisle when she got married and we have welcomed 5 grand children into our lives.

The issue of marriage equality has been front and centre for a number of years now and we have had the issue of getting married raised by our oldest grand child.  It was about  2 years ago that our 11 year old grandson said to me, “Poppy why can’t you and Grandad get married?”

Out of the mouths of children, I thought.  A child that only saw 2 people who love each other and did not understand why those 2 people, if they chose, could not get married.

This bought on a great conversation about marriage and the lay of the land at that time here in Australia.

Now here we sit at the beginning of and the further discussion that has been happening out there for the past few years and finally momentum may be turning the tide to get a positive resolution.

It always astounds me that these sorts of issues and debates bring forth so much negativity and vile words and that we cannot conduct these sorts of discussions in a sane, rational and respectful way.  But I also remember back to the days when we were protesting for equal rights in the country and the negative comments and actions of people who did not understand equality.

Whilst I have a preference for those that we vote in to run our country to be the ones who legislate this change without spending $122 million on a non-binding postal survey, I also understand the reality of our political system currently.  We have a PM who is bound by the right wing of his party and if he allowed a conscience vote then he could be rolled from the top job.

It is really quite funny when you look at the roll call of countries that currently have marriage equality in their countries and you then look at Australia and contemplate  how a country that for many years set much the bar with comprehensive and committed societal change could be so far behind the eight ball.  Are our conservatives just digging their heals in on a matter that really does not affect them at all? Or do they really believe the horrible hate speech and vile words that they constantly spout for a 5 second grab on the nightly news!

I think the right wing politicians are evenly spread on this and if this postal survey goes ahead and the Yes vote wins we will see how many of those politicians actually follow the will of the people.  That will be interesting to see.

Now that over 90,000 new people, most of them under 25 enrolling to vote I would think that some of those conservative politicians will begin to get worried as the next election looms as we all know that many of the younger voters do not tend to vote with the conservative side of politics but it was our right wing pollies who wanted this vote.

The following is from the Equality website and it makes some really strong points when having some of those respectful conversations with those people in your lives who may not have thought about this issue and why it matters to you.

 

Some handy tips to talk to your friends, family and co-workers about why equality matters to you.

 

We are now closer to winning marriage equality than at any point in Australian history. We’ve come too far to stop now!

To achieve equality for all Australians, we will need to talk to more people in more ways than ever before. Research shows real life conversations are incredibly powerful. They’re what change hearts and minds.

Moreover, the people you know — whether friends or family, work mates, people at church, your local sporting club – will be far more influenced by their personal conversation with you than by any advert or message they see from an organisation.

That’s why right now, marriage equality supporters are igniting thousands of conversations all across Australia. Some of the people we talk to will already be on board — that’s fantastic, let’s encourage them to take action! Others won’t have thought about it much yet, or won’t be sure where they stand. 

Research shows only a small group of Australians firmly oppose marriage equality. It’s actually something two-thirds of the population support!

But lots of people who may show ‘soft’ support for marriage equality still have questions. The evidence from overseas tells us that by listening, sharing our experiences, and approaching this as a conversation rather than a furious debate, we have a much better chance of bringing as many people as possible along with us.And with that, convincing our MPs not to delay equality any longer.

Now it is over to you.

It’s time to have a conversation. We have some information below to help you, but it is a suggested guide only. (You can also download this information as a PDF here.)

Personal conversations can sometimes be confronting. But they can also be incredibly respectful, beneficial and even joyful. Creating an open space for people to reflect, ask questions and share their concerns means we’re campaigning in-line with the values we stand for — respect, dignity and love. And it means we’re making this journey more positive and unifying. 

Invite some people around, visit your grandparents, or set-up a meeting with your church or community group and chat with them about why you believe in marriage equality.

Now is the time to bring all those people in our lives who do not necessarily think that this is an issue that relates to them on our journey and to encourage everyone who can to vote YES and support those people in their lives which this vote is an important step in our lives!

PIQFF – A second year of great Queer Cinema on its way!

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I have been blessed in my working life to have done a range of amazing roles and over the past 22 years of working at the WA AIDS Council have directly worked in a range of different positions.  One of the main focuses, other than my direct work with people with HIV has been working on a range of fundraising initiatives, most notably STYLEAID.

One of the new areas that I am excited to be working on and developing is the Perth International Queer Film Festival.  After a sell out year last year I have expanded it from 6 to 9 nights.

Once again the Festival will run at The Backlot Perth and this year we have a free satellite screening of the Mexican  film “Velociraptor” with Festival principal sponsor Curtin University on 19th September on campus.

As Artistic Director I have been fortunate to have sat through many hours of both feature films and short films to put the program for this year together.  With films from 15 countries this year the program explores LGBTQI experiences from a varied and diverse range of lived experiences.

It was always my aim to present a wide range of stories that are of course entertaining but also have strong narratives about what it is like to be LGBTQI in 2017.

For the second year for the Festival I linked in with film makers all over the world through the Film Festival Portal “Film Freeway” that enabled film makers to submit their feature and short films for consideration to be included in the Festival this year!

The amazing thing about this process is that I received over 1400 films for consideration. This just shows how many film makers are keenly working on expanding their vision of LGBTQI issues and stories.  Many of the films submitted where short films, hence my decision to do a night that is just made up of some the best short films submitted but to also include at least 1 short film with each feature during the Festival.

Tickets are starting to sell in the lead up and opening night is almost sold out, which is really exciting!

So now to the films for this year.  Opening night features  the world premier of ‘Discreet’ from director Travis Matthews that tells the story of a drifter who reconnects with his abuser from when he was a child and wrestles with his sexuality whilst also plotting his revenge.  This is a dark, moody film that features amazing performances from the cast.

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Opening night (Wednesday September 13) will also feature the Iranian film “12 Eyes Gauging the City”.  This surreal short film follows 12 gay men in Iran surrounded by loss and anger and is a powerful statement on the current Iranian landscape for gay men.

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Those attending opening night will also receive a glass of Billecart Champagne on arrival and at the end of the night will receive a special gift bag filled with some amazing gifts!

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Click on the link above to purchase your tickets to opening night.

The rest of the Festival features:

Retake – a taut psychological drama following a lonely, middle aged man who hires a male sex worker to recreate a road trip from his past.  This film will be accompanied by the German short film “Trade Queen”.

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https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=300047&bof=1

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BWOY makes its Australian Premiere and tells the story of Brad, who, after the death of his son, becomes entangled in a chaotic and passionate online love affair with Yenny, a young Jamaican man.

Screening along side this feature are “The Magic Hedge” and ‘Ruptures’.

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The Saturday night during the Festival sees the romantic comedy ‘Signature Move’. Zyanab is a young Muslim Pakistani woman who moves back in with her mother following the breakup of a relationship.  The film follows Zyanab as she falls in love with a female wrestler.

Mai and Alone Together screen with Signature Move.

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Sunday 17 September sees our Short Film Festival as part of PIQFF.

Featuring 10 short films that explore many aspects of LGBTQI life journeys.  All of the films featured are Australian Premieres.

The short films screening are:

NIQI – tracing the life of transgender ballet dancer Niqi.

Mum, I’m Back – A woman returns, after 40 years to the village where she was born to attend her mothers funeral.

Crack Open My Head – deals with trans and queer self-espression, and presents Isreal’s queer community’s conflict.

Our Skin – A late night chat takes an emotionally intimate turn in this beautifully shot black and white study of a transgender woman and an ex-Marine suffering PTSD.

A Tale with Christ and Jesus – Christ is a lonely young man who has not overcome the loss of his mother and the memories of a violent childhood. Jesus, a student who still lives with his parents, with an intolerant overprotective mother and very different to Christ’s past.

Always – this Australian film explores a young mans journey caring for his dying mother and the consequences of his life when she passes.

Elevator Love Story – a story about attraction and the inner dialogue we create with ourselves.

Breakfast – when a young man suffering from anorexia is pressured to eat breakfast by his boyfriend, the couple are thrust into an other world.

Naughty Amelia Jane -A short film that is a satire of the hilarious hypocrisy of society towards anything that goes against the conventional social order of things.

Little You – exploring what it truly takes to make a family.

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Centre of My World premiered at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival in May. This German/Austrian co-production tells the story of a young man who returns to school after a summer spent trying to dodge family conflicts and begins to questions his feelings toward Nicholas, a new classmate and the evolution of his relationship with his best friend Kat.

Also screening with this is the amazing experimental visual short Iridesence, which exposes how society needs to label a person by their sexuality, through dance and interpretive movements that replace dialogue.

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FLUIDO – what promises to be one of the most controversial films of this years Festival, we find ourselves transported to a science fiction film set in the 2060’s in a world in which HIV/AIDS has been full eradicated. In some people, however, the virus has mutated into a gene which can be extracted to create a new psychoactive drug.

Cruising Elsewhere films with FLUIDO.

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Satyavati  is a work of fiction with a primary focus is to let the audience understand that lesbianism is not a disease that needs to be cured and the film maker aims to stand a story of example of why we need to understand each other on levels of humanity more than inclining our existence on misconstrued and judgmental rules.

The short films (A)Typical Couple and The 3rd Try screen with Satyvati.

(A)Typical Couple is about a typical day in a typical life of a typical couple trying to communicate their way through their typical relationship.

The 3rd Try follows Lorie and Ryan as both women navigate their relationship.

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Closing night features the Australian Premiere of Fabio Massa’s “Aefetto Domino” – a film about life and its transformation. It is a story of Lorenzo who receives sad news about his health that will change his existence and its domino effect on his life and the lives of people he loves.

The powerful UK short film Partings will screen on closing night and tells the story of an elderly couple, where time has stopped after a lifetime together as they prepare to say goodbye.

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As you can see there are lots of amazing films to partake in this year and by attending you are also supporting the fundraising efforts of the WA AIDS Council.

PIQFF promises to once again present some of the best new Queer Films from around the world.

Now what to wear to walk the red carpet on opening night!

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