“James Saunders is an Australian Aboriginal man who was told at boarding school he was not clever enough to go to University. He lived in the Aboriginal community where there is ‘men’s business’ and ‘women’s business’, James overcame doubts about coming out and joined the Convicts Rugby team, winning three Bingham Cups with them. James has become a role model for young, gay Aboriginal people. ‘Clan’ details the journey of James’ remarkable life in his own words.” imdb
“With pink extensions, painted on eyebrows, glitter stockings and superman hotpants, Starlady is hardly the person you’d expect to become a youth worker for Australia’s remotest indigenous communities. But her methods have been just the thing to boost esteem in the outback”
8:30pm, Friday 1st March – Destiny in Alice (2007)
In the Heart of Australia, one of the harshest places on the planet, surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, the town of Alice Springs has become a haven for lesbians, a place where black and white women mix and mingle, confronting the challenges of loving across racial and cultural gaps. Through the expert guidance of Destiny Attenborough, an Aboriginal mock anthropologist styled after the famed naturalist, this often hilarious film provides glimpses into the world of women who love women in Alice Springs, while Aboriginal lesbians provide insight on how they make, break and sustain love across racial and cultural gaps in a town like Alice. With a satirical and comedic eye, we explore the fascinating lives of some of these women. ?
Followed by at 9:00pm – Walk Like a Man (2010)
Narrated by former rugby champion, Ian Roberts, “Walk Like a Man” is a heartwarming sports documentary that traces the journey of two of the world’s best gay rugby teams; defending champions, San Francisco Fog and feisty upstarts, Sydney Convicts as they prepare to battle in the World Cup of gay rugby – the Bingham Cup.
The Bingham Cup – a biennial international event – was conceived by San Francisco Fog, to honor their former team-mate Mark Bingham, a passenger on Flight 93 who courageously stormed the cockpit and prevented the hijackers from turning their flight into a terrorist weapon. Eight teams competed in the first Bingham Cup and four years later that number grew to thirty teams from around the world. What led to the creation of a thirty-team international tournament in just 4 short years?
In seeking to answer this question, we embark on a global journey where we get to know the men and women who are a part of this phenomenon. Each player – gay or straight, man or woman – seeks to belong to something bigger; a team, a club or indeed, a community. For some it’s an opportunity to play a sport previously forbidden, while for others it’s an opportunity to reclaim a dream, previously lost.