Bfriend will be involved in this year's Feast Festival in various ways, and we would love for you to join us!
The Rainbow Calendar is back for 2019! Dozens of community members submitted photos for this year's theme, Kaleidoscope: As We Are, and we will be launching the calendar at Raj House on 9 November. The exhibition will then be on display throughout the Feast Festival - as well as copies of the calendar itself!
Weekends @ Raj House There's a lot on during Feast, but sometimes it's nice to just kick your feet up and relax! We'll be screening a range of movies and documentaries on the weekends of Feast, including:
Through the personal experiences of a gay men's chorus, this documentary takes an intimate look at controversial issues of the day: coming out and gay marriage, religious views on homosexuality, and gay adoption. The Turtle Creek Chorale is a gay organization that refuses to live on the fringes. They have survived, indeed thrived, for over 25 years, right in the heart of the Bible belt: Dallas, Texas. They are first class musicians. They are irreverent, outrageous, angry, forgiving, and compassionate. They are individuals battling together in an intolerant world. Through music, they have transformed the painful experiences of death and dying from AIDS, and rejection from their own families and churches, into a powerful voice for compassion and equality. The Power of Harmony captures moments of deep sorrow, and the need for human connection and community. It also reveals the joy that humor and music can bring.
In the summer of 2005 a 16yo Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a "Fundamentalist Christian" program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This documentary follows the inspirational story of this teens local community standing up for their friend with daily protests at the facility in what would become an international news story. The documentary features several former clients of the organization who tell their personal stories about the time they spent within the programs walls.
In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march the following year a vast contingent of miners show up to repay their comrades with their show of support.
The talented Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely & Amazing) was an impressive gymnast at the top of her game until a devastating injury ended her career. Now she pours the passion, strength and discipline that once fueled her sport into maintaining both a tedious job as a massage therapist and a loveless marriage. A chance meeting leads sets Jane on a new path: performing a CirqueDu Soleil style aerial act with a mysterious and beautiful dancer named Serena (Addie Yungmee). Each of them are illuminated by the presence of the other, but there are distractions. Jane is distressed by her lack of children while Serena is a closeted lesbian who tackles stereotypes with being an adopted Korean daughter of Jewish parents. As the stunning pair prepares to audition their act for a Las Vegas show, the gravitational pull between the two women becomes increasingly unavoidable... A visually compelling film that challenges notions of both ability and identity, THE GYMNAST is foremost a story about hope and taking the necessary risks to fully become yourself.
Funny and provocative, Boy Meets Girl vividly captures the giddy excitement, sexual heat, and inherent heartache of "non-traditional" love in a small town. Ricky (Michelle Hendley) is a 21-year-old trans girl living in Kentucky. Her only real friend, straight-laced Robby, has been her trusty, totally platonic, confidant for over 15 years. Her day job slinging lattes is merely a stepping-stone toward her goal of being a famous New York designer. She's confident, cool, and completely ready for something new - and then her world is transformed when an enchanting debutante saunters into her life. Triggering fresh feelings and experiences, this unlikely connection conjures up intense questions about identity while uncovering ghosts from Ricky's past. Indie-film veteran Eric Schaeffer (My Life's in Turnaround, If Lucy Fell) builds a compelling, compassionate world that focuses on the emotions and messy challenges of complex people navigating complicated relationships. Schaeffer creates a thoroughly authentic small-town atmosphere, capturing the cozy and claustrophobic ambiance of a place where everyone knows your name - and your sexual partners.
In "Prayers for Bobby," Mary Griffithis a devout Christian who raises her children with the conservative teachings of the Presbyterian Church. However, when her son Bobby confides to his older brother he may be gay, life changes for the entire family after Mary learns about his secret. While Bobby's father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Mary believes God can cure him of what she considers his 'sin' and persuades Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in church activities in hopes of changing him. Desperate for his mother's approval, Bobby does what is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed. Guilty over the pain he is causing Mary, Bobby moves away, yet hopes that some day his mother will accept him. His subsequent depression and self-loathing intensifies as he blames himself for not being the 'perfect' son and is driven to suicide. Faced with their tragedy, Mary begins to question her faith when she receives no answers from her pastor concerning her devastating loss. Through her long and emotional journey, Mary slowly reaches out to the gay community and discovers unexpected support from a very unlikely source. The film is based on the 1995 Leroy Aarons book of the same name
Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price and Sons Shoes is failing. While in despair at his failed attempts to save the business, Charles has a chance encounter with the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola. Her complaints about the inadequate footwear for her work combined with one of Charles' ex-employees, Lauren, leads to a suggestion to change the product to create a desperate chance to save the business: make men's fetish footwear. Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing with both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of Charles' greedy fiance who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream.
Keith runs a male bonding group, which was meant to be macho fun, but acts as therapist as dreaded-unmanly emotional and even relational problems prove unavoidable. Openly gay Leo is delighted to find hunky, straight Brendan is a closet-bi and becomes his lover. Things risk ending ugly as it turns out Brendan's girlfriend is Leo's school ex and still able to seduce him.
Perry is an articulate and politicised college student in New York. He is also a gay artist struggling to find his voice and to negotiate the minefiled of being black and gay. When he meets kindred spirit Bruce Nugent - the last survivor of the radical, black, boho community of the 1920s, the Harlem Resisitance - he finds true companionship and is able to reconcile the conflicting politics that mark kis life. Shifting between contemporary New York and the jazz-filled NYC of the 1920s, Brother to Brother delivers an itelligent and provocative picture of identity politics as they play out across the generations.
Various days @ Raj House & Holden Street Theatres First time going to a Feast event? Not sure what to expect? Come have a chat with us at the welcome mat, which will be present before various events. We're happy to then join you for the show if you like!
Now we have equality will we be able to rise above the 1 in 3 divorce rates and Sophie Monk? Are we just the same, but different? What about the post wedding let down? Secretly thinking is that it? Will we live happily ever after? Join Feast’s funniest debaters as they battle it out to see who takes the wedding cake.
A rare opportunity to share experiences. A rare opportunity to shareexperiences. An open and frank discussion on Bi, Intersex and Transgender experiences. A moderator will be leading the discussion asking a range of questions on exclusion, invisibility and acceptance, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
An afternoon of Queer craftiness. BYO or join in on craft workshops including weaving, knitting, beadwork, copper sculpting and more. Come on down to Raj House for an afternoon of laid back queer craftiness. Hang out with other crafty types, being creative, chatting, enjoying cups of tea and snacks. Bring your own craft or other mobile creative project or come and learn something new. There will be people to show you the basics of weaving, beadwork, copper sculpture and more. Materials provided. In memory of Penny White.
All are welcome to join this ecumenical and inclusive Christian worship service. We’ll celebrate life and love in all its diversity, complexity, challenges and joy. An evening of thought provoking ideas, good music and inclusive theology will be followed by a relaxed supper. Come and worship in a beautiful old church with other LGBTIQA+ Christians, their friends, families and allies.
How do you measure a man? Is it the way he walks, the way he talks? Does he have to be hung, uncut and thick? Or somewhere in between? Stare into the heart of one man’s sexual anxieties and stories shrouded in years of embarrassment and shame. Told in Roach’s trademark humorous, raw and deeply candid style. Daring queer theatre at its best.
Equal parts belly-laugh funny and gut-wrenchingly real. Women take their rightful place center stage becoming the aggressor in seductions, demanding what they want from work and trashing supermarkets and with them the fragile masculine ego. Ferocious energy courses through this sharp shock of a play. A thrilling ride for anyone with a taste for rebellion. From the award winning House of Sand.