February 24, 8.30pm. Dendy Cinemas, Newtown
Pure love, a tribute to Candy Royalle (RIP) butch queen, high priestess of poetry created by directer/producer Jacqui North, poet Sara Saleh Arab-Australian and people of colour, queer and non-binary artists and activists on Gadigal land. The short film premieres at Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival before the documentary A Night at Switch n'Play.
Come see Love & Revolution; 'Together - radical love is possible, You are loved here. There is love here. There is healing here.'
This is a rallying cry, to live not wait, to love not hate. Fierce poetry with visuals from frontline reporters spark our imaginations. 'We are growing new worlds and new worlds are growing us.'
Poets Sara M. Sal, Emma Rose, Melanie Ree, Lorin Elizabeth, Gabrielle Jones honour our sisterhood, our art and our elders. While Hind Khoudary, a young journalist sent her films from occupied Gaza, Palestine and Björn Stewart gifted footage of Candy. In Newtown on Gadigal land, #MsSaffaa created a mural for Candy, based on a portrait by Nicola Bailey. And Candy Royalle's brother George Malouf aka Tonalist created the haunting and hopeful music for the video.
Made with love labour by director/producer Jacqui North and the amazing talents of video/stills photographer Jamie James and Emma Paine @emmapainedp, Scott Turner, editors Maria Rita Barbagallo and Ludwig El Haddad, activist/journalist Rachel Evans, guide Stella Topaz, with a much appreciated grant from Lesbians Incorporated and support from Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE)
While Newtown no longer hosts Candy's mural, it can be visited at Candy's much-loved The Red Rattler Theatre.
Film also screens at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta on Sunday 22 March. https://tix.queerscreen.org.au/Events/Unsettled-Seeking-Refuge-in-America/Sun-Mar-22-2020-17-00