Premier Lara Giddings to open 2013 Tasmanian Queer Film Festival
Tonight in Hobart, Premier Lara Giddings, will officially open the 2013 Tasmanian Queer Film Festival.
To be held over the next week, the festival would bring a diverse range of critically acclaimed films to Tasmania.
President of the University of Tasmania Queer Society, Jackson Tegg, said “The festival will include short and feature length queer films from Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK”, Mr Tegg said.
Mr Tegg highlighted the film festival as being a celebration of the dramatic steps that Tasmania has taken over the past decades in becoming a place accepting of queer people.
“In 1995, the Tasmanian Government attempted to ban a Gay and Lesbian Film Festival from being held and now in 2013 we have a Premier working towards delivering on marriage equality,” Mr Tegg said.
“In organising this festival we have aimed to highlight and celebrate Tasmania’s cultural and social renaissance.”
At tonight’s screening of Milk, campaigner Rodney Croome and Premier Lara Giddings will speak about Tasmania’s gay rights journey before the screening.
The festival will be held on the tonight, Wednesday and Friday at the Centre for the Arts, Hunter St. Further information and tickets can be found at http://www.tasqff.com