Ready for New Year’s Eve Tropical Fruits party at the Lismore Showgrounds are (from left) committee member Dermot Ryan, Penny Drops of Sydney, CoCo Kayne of Sydney, and Naomi Feller, secretary of Tropical Fruits
Ready for New Year’s Eve Tropical Fruits party at the Lismore Showgrounds are (from left) committee member Dermot Ryan, Penny Drops of Sydney, CoCo Kayne of Sydney, and Naomi Feller, secretary of Tropical Fruits Doug Eaton

Films launching gay event week

DRUM rolls from the loud and proud Samba Blisstas will blast off a week of gay events in Lismore tonight – beginning with the Queer Fruits Film Festival.

At 4.30pm, the drummers will lead a colourful parade of members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community, waving a 24-metre rainbow flag, from the Winsome Hotel to the Star Court Arcade.

There they will be met by mayor Jenny Dowell and event hostess Vanessa Wagner. Drinks will follow before the film program begins at 7pm with ‘Vigilant! Healthy! Wholesome!’, a lesbian drama comedy starring a hungry wedding dress.

Ten short films are listed on the program, including the world premiere preview of the animated ‘The Confession of Father John Thomas’, and ‘Ghoulbert Gets Good’. Both films were made in Australia.

The second year of the film festival promises some wonderful movies, said organiser Akkadia Ford.

“This year we have 26 films from 15 countries,” Ms Ford said. “Of these, 21 are either world or Pacific premieres.”

There will be something for everyone, she said.

“We have tried to get a good balance. There will be some films for the girls, some for the boys and some of relevance to transgender people.”

Arriving from San Francisco for the premiere of her film, ‘Devious Inc.’, tomorrow is director xuxE.

Another treat is the late-session feature on Thursday called ‘Trip’, a film from Romania that festival organisers were confident would become a queer cult classic.

The film festival ends on Thursday night, seguing smoothly into the New Year’s Festival known as Tropical Fruits – this year themed Gold.

Friday night sees a New Year’s Eve party at the Lismore Showgrounds, ‘lovingly transformed by hundreds of volunteers into a sumptuous smorgasbord of our own unique culture’.

Revellers will be able to get over the big night at the New Year’s Day recovery party on Saturday, also at the showgrounds.

In what looks like becoming an annual event, the Pool Party on New Year’s Day offers another venue for chilling out.

Also planned are a cabaret and an art show.

The exhibition of 30 artists, predominantly local, will open at the showgrounds on Friday night and run until Saturday night.

Then it moves to the Serpentine Gallery, in North Lismore.

Curator Neil McKellar-Stewart said the show’s theme was Treasures.

“We are not a materialistic community, so treasure means anything that’s valued, such as relationships, personal expression, friends.”

A cabaret on Saturday night goes by the title Diamond Lil’s and will showcase local talent, said co-ordinator Carolyn Carey. Those attending can look forward to everything from classical cabaret and pole-dancing to singer/songwriters.



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