PROUD to be in Yangon & online for &PROUD

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We were thrilled to screen at the second edition of &PROUD, Myanmar’s first LGBTI film festival, which took place in late January 2016 in Yangon. And we are equally thrilled now to be able to share the Burmese-subtitled version of the films, thanks to the work of the film festival team (above).

The film was introduced at &PROUD by Australian Ambassador Nicholas Coppel, who had to this to say:

‘I found The Language of Love to be a heartrending and poignant tale, brought to life by its 17-year-old writer and star, Kim Ho. Kim’s portrayal of Charlie as a young man struggling with the conflicting feelings of his love for Sam and the anxiety he feels about coming out was nothing short of touching. It’s a brilliant and very original take on coming out.’

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And on the launch of the film online, with Burmese subtitles, the Ambassador added this:

‘Diversity in all its forms is to be valued. It is my hope that LGBT persons in Myanmar will be inspired by Charlie’s story and will find the same courage to remain true to themselves and be proud of who they are.’

Co-Director of the &PROUD Festival Billy Stewart contacted us late last year with the request to screen the film, following a suggestion by Sydney’s QueerScreen/Mardi Gras Film Festival. Says Billy:  ‘We felt the film, which dealt beautifully with the experiences of young LGBT people and disclosure, was one that would speak to a Myanmar audience.’

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, which has been subtitled in Burmese, screened as part of a selection on international LGBTI films, representing Australia alongside films from the UK, the USA, Sweden, The Netherlands and France.

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Writer/star of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, said this about &PROUD‘s invitation  when we told him: ‘I’m so proud to be screening in Yangon & be part of the road to equality and democracy – what a time to screen the film in Myanmar!’

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Find out more about the Festival in the short about last year’s first edition, below, while you can see the full program, here.

If you are interested to screen THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE at a festival, event and in schools, let us know, here.

Watch THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, below.

Mahalo, Hawaii! And four more festival dates announced.

We are thrilled to hear that Kim has been awarded a Rising Star award at the 25th Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.  Mahalo, Hawaii!

You can read an interview with Kim, conducted by HRFF25’s Richard Kuwada, here.

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We are also delighted to be screening at FOUR more events over the next couple of months: in New York, Vancouver and 2 major events in the UK. See details, below.

We are always very pleased for the film to be seen on the big screen, so if you’d like to screen the film at a festival or an event you are organising, do let us know.

 

KIM-HO-Australia-Language-of-LoveUpcoming screenings:

The 26th Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Canada)

2014 Asian American Film Festival (New York) as part of ‘Happily Obsessed’

Bristol Pride Film Festival at the Watershed, Bristol (UK)

The Commonwealth Film and Theatre Festival (Glasgow, UK)

And check out the full list of screenings to date here. 

 

Melbourne!

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We are off to the Melbourne Queer Film Festival this week and our director, Laura Scrivano, has been chatting with Festival Director, Lisa Daniel. Check out the interview below and book your tickets for the chance to see THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE on the big screen, here. (It’s a huge weekend for us – as well as Melbourne,  we are also appearing at London’s FLARE Gay Festival and Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam).

You can also read an interview with Kim in The Melbourne Leader, here, while he also has just been interviewed by Richard Watts on Melbourne’s Triple RRR FM  SmartArts program, here. (Kim’s interview begins at 1 hr 35 mins)

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE Poster

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With THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE now appearing at film festivals around the world, we’ve put together this BEAUTIFUL poster featuring the original film art by Ross Giardina, who was also Director of Photography on the film. You can download the poster, by clicking the image. Feel free to print it off for your own use.

The poster was designed by Sebastian Andreassen at atyp.

Festival news!

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE played this week (Tue 18th Feb) at My Queer Career as part of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and we were THRILLED to win the Audience Award. It was a real joy to watch the film with a ‘live’ audience and hear their responses to the film, while the award, a script mentorship for Kim and membership of the prestigious Australian Writers Guild, was the perfect end to a year of our working on the film.

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The lineup for this year’s My Queer Career was exceptional, featuring a great range of films from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging filmmakers. To see THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE alongside such brilliant films as Tim Marshall’s GORILLA, Nicholas Verso’s THE LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD and Fatima Mawas’s FIGHTING FOR AIR was a real honour.

Says Kim:

Having the film represent the LGBTI community anywhere is a big honour but being part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival is just fantastic. I’m thrilled the audience responded so well to The Language of Love, particularly in such an amazing and powerful lineup of films. It’s very reassuring to see Australian queer film so strong.

And we were so pleased to see Brendon McDonall take both the Best Film Award and Best Director for his lovely film ALL GOD’S CREATURES  – THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE producer Dan Prichard is now working with Brendon on THE MANGROVES by playwright Tom Mesker, for online release later this year.

My Queer Career winning director Brendon McDonall , Kim and playwright Tom Mesker at the My Queer Awards ceremony.

And while we are talking about festivals, we have news of more screenings of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE around the world – a huge  thank you to curators of all of the festivals involved and we can’t wait to share the film with your audiences.

London:

Flare London LGBT Festival as part  of the Cross My Heart section

Melbourne:

Melbourne Queer Film Festival as part of the Oz Shorts program

Brisbane:

Brisbane Queer Film Festival as part of Queer Aussie Shorts and in Camp Out

Bangalore, India:

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Bangalore Queer Film Festival

Amsterdam:

Roze Filmdagen (Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)

Washington:

Annapolis Film Festival

 

Sundancing

Laura Scrivano, director of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, reports from a little film festival somewhere in the hills of Utah…

I’m powering down Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, LA in thirty-degree heat, grasping heavy-duty waterproof boots, scanning the shops with wild eyes. I’m getting some odd looks from the locals cruising past in their Toyota Prius’. There are two things wrong with this picture: 1. No one walks in this town 2. I’m looking for a snowboarding shop in a place where it barely rains, let alone snows.

But I’m desperate. I need thermals. I’ve seen snow maybe three times in my whole life. I’m not taking any chances.

I might be mildly panicking but it’s a feeling I’ll happily deal with – a few weeks ago we received the news that YouTube would feature our short The Language of Love at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And just earlier in the week, I was told that thanks to our Executive Producers, atyp, I would be heading down to snowy park city to represent the film.

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With my YouTube issued Sundance survival guide safely stowed in my bag (remember to drink lots of water – high altitude; last year a Sundance ‘flu’ broke out – bring cold and flu tablets). I was on the plane, ready to network, party, queue for films and experience the Sundance magic.

Former atyp Alumni Began Land (now living in LA and filming NCIS: LA) found us some friends to stay with in the gorgeous Deer Valley, 10 minutes from Main Street, the centre of all the Sundance action.

Thick snowdrifts and sunny skies greeted us as we touched down in Salt Lake City. Five minutes in, on the shuttle bus to Park City I meet AJ Edwards, long-time collaborator with Terrence Malik whose debut feature Better Angels, with Australian Jason Clarke, was premiering at the festival.

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Friday night we head to the New Frontier Party, running into the Australian teams behind 52 Tuesdays and Babadook, both features screening at the festival, the organizers of Outfest (who saw The Language of Love at the Iris Prize Festival last October) who promptly invite us to the HBO Queer Breakfast and special screening of HBO’s new series LOOKING, and the Blackhouse Foundation team, who invite me to speak on a panel about successful short films.

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Sundance networking. Tick.

I’m keen to see new Australian Horror film Babadook so we queue for their midnight premiere. Queuing for a midnight screening is a rite of passage at Sundance. Despite the cold (hey, my thermal is working!), the atmosphere is lovely – everyone is smiling and the volunteers here have to be the happiest I’ve ever seen. We get into see Babadook and the film is terrifyingly good – I’m so happy for director Jennifer Kent and Essie Davis.

Saturday is screening day. After a late start, I head down to the YouTube space on Main Street where I meet my YouTube partner contact Michael Kaufman, and attend one of their many panels. Tonight is the main YouTube party, where The Language of Love will screen (as well as excerpts screening in front of the official shorts section). We are advised to get there early – it’s a hot ticket.

I arrive at 9pm – and the film is just about to play. It’s almost a year to the day that we filmed The Language of Love and suddenly it’s completely overwhelming to see a massive, digital Kim Ho (as Charlie) on the screen across the other side of the world. All I can think is “I wish Kim was here” and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It doesn’t quite seem real.

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When the film is over, the party really kicks off and it’s another late night. Everyone survives on adrenalin, coffee and free food.


The next day we catch the only Aussie feature in official competition, 52 Tuesdays (which director Sophie Hyde went on to win best director for!) and head back to YouTube for the Spin party. I forgot to read who was playing, so was blown away when Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame took to the stage to play an acoustic set with a string quartet. There were about 100 people in the room and you could hear a pin drop. Moments like these are why people go to Sundance.


On my final day we catch the Richard Linklater masterpiece on growing up – Boyhood (seriously see it – the less you know about it the better) and I head to The Blackhouse Foundation to participate in the panel talk on short films. The moderator is Karen Horne from NBC Universal and with me on the panel is Hank Willis Thomas, Cutter Hodierne (who went on to win the US directing award for his feature Fishing Without Nets) and Moon Molson. The panel is fantastic  – so much fun and very inspiring to hear about the other filmmaker’s work. The audience asks very insightful questions – about our success on YouTube, about working with actors, and being a female director in a male dominated industry – and I manage to string some decent sentences together (I think!). It’s privilege to talk about the work, and is one of the highlights of the festival for me.

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Flying back to LA, I’m exhausted, but thrilled by the Sundance experience. I can’t thank YouTube (and particularly Kelly Kaufman!), atyp, The Voices Project and our producer Dan Prichard enough for the opportunity to represent The Language of Love at Sundance.

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