Smash to Blak Opening Night — First Nations curated by Merryn Trescott & Jamie Connor

  • Aribada by Camo Delgado, Paetau & Escobar
    Aribada by Camo Delgado, Paetau & Escobar
  • The Alexander Ball, courtesy of the Artist
    The Alexander Ball, courtesy of the Artist
Smash to Blak Opening Night — First Nations curated by Merryn Trescott & Jamie Connor

Session One: Friday 3 May 2024, 6:30—10pm

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Smash to Blak Opening Night — First Nations curated by Merryn Trescott & Jamie Connor

Sapphic Flicks presents the Opening Night of TILDE, bringing First Nations trans folk, brotherboys and sistergirls together in celebration of our creativity, diversity of experience, and storytelling. It will be an opportunity for community and knowledge building; for our stories to take up space and be celebrated on the big screen. This evening will inspire current and future trans and gender diverse filmmakers and not only give us explicit and radical permission to take up space in the film industry but provide us with tools to do so.

Film screenings

The Alexander Ball
Australia, 2022, 30 mins, Documentary, Dir Jessica Magro. Mature (M)
The Alexander Ball is an observational documentary extravaganza celebrating Samoan-Maori-Australian trans woman of colour, Ella Ganza, and the Meanjin (Brisbane) ballroom scene, as the community prepares for one of biggest ballroom events of the year: The Alexander Ball.

Australian Premiere
Columbia, 2022, 30 mins, Avant-garde, Dir. Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Natalia Escobar, Unclassified, Captioned
Birthed in the lush Colombian forest, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau & Natalia Escobar’s dreamy short has left its mark on the festival circuit, including Cannes. In a world where the real, the magical, and the spiritual entwine, the Indigenous trans women of the Emberá tribes fashion their own future.

Indigenous Luv (Hanky Code: The Movie)
USA, 2015, 5 mins, Experimental, Dir. Demian DineYazhi
A short film about cruising as an Indigenous Queer. Part of Hanky Code: The Movie, Indigenous Luv explores the different codes inherent in the hanky code and creates a crucial space for Indigenous Queer studies while critiquing Western homo/Queer culture. It asks the viewer to consider the romanticized body of non-Indigenous peoples in order to strive toward an imagined space where Queer phantasies of sexual orientation and gender identity/non-identity are either de/reconstructed, appropriated, or decolonized.

Black Fellas Who Can’t Dance
Australia, 2022, 8 mins, Comedy, Dir. Enoch Mailangi
In the heart of an infamous gay gym, two people meet and fall in love.

Sapphic Flicks presents Opening Night
Date: Friday 3 May 2024, 6:30—10pm
Duration: 210 minutes

TILDE in partnership with Sapphic Flicks would like to announce our 2024 TILDE MICRO-BUDGET COMMISSIONS PROGRAM.  Two staunch artists have taken on this task. Creating brand new film works to be featured in this very space. First is the stunning and talented Thea Raveneau. The second, part of the Motherless Collective, the one and only Stone Motherless Cold.

Date & Times

Friday 3 May, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm

Footscray Community Arts

Full: $15
Mob Tix: $5