Well, this is it: the last day of this year’s Inside Out festival, and consequently, the last day of our extensive coverage. It’s been a gay, gay blast, but some of us are about ready for a nap. If you haven’t caught any screenings so far, this is your last chance for a whole year, and there are still a few cool things to catch. You’ll be happy to know that seminal gay Aussie movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (pictured) is just as funny today as it was 14 years ago when it was released and not only introduced us to Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving, but also resuscitated Terence Stamp’s career. If you haven’t seen the movie (or if by some terrible mistake you thought To Wong Foo… was the great drag queen road movie of the mid-90s), now is your chance to catch it in all of its sparkling, glittery glory on the big screen. And if you are already one of the initiated, even better. Put on your best wig and brush up on your ABBA lyrics so you can take full advantage of the “sing-and-drag-along” screening. We’re not saying going will necessarily bring you to Paradise, but it might just bring you to you.
The closing gala film, Argentina’s XXY, is an entirely different kettle of fish. The intimate, moving drama is about an intersex teenager named Alex who has been raised as a girl but now, at the age of fifteen, has to decide which gender she actually wants to choose to live as, or whether that’s even a choice she necessarily has to make. Writer/director Lucía Puenzo does amazing work with complicated subject matter, and the relationship between Alex and her father is beautifully realized.
And that’s it for Inside Out 2008! We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage and have maybe discovered a world of queer filmmaking that doesn’t suck (except when it’s supposed to).
Dark and Dangerous, 2:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
The Believers, 2:30 p.m. at the ROM
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 4:30 p.m. at the ROM
Femmetastic!, 5:00 p.m. at the ROM
XXY (Closing Gala), 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Stealth, 7:30 p.m. at the ROM