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Ipswich bowling club the focus of drag queen documentary
South-East Queensland-based production company Flickchicks are making an Ipswich-centric drag queen documentary entitled Bowled Over. Bowled Over follows Taboo, a group of drag performers with an unlikely following in Ipswich, that have been keeping the local lawn bowls club afloat with their packed-out live shows.
The group and bowls club face an uncertain future with the impending retirement of one of Taboo’s stars, the ‘biggest wig’, at the upcoming 10th anniversary show.
Writer and director Mandy Lake has passionately pursued documenting this diverse and uniting story for more than four years and notes “What drove me to keep pursuing this project was the unwavering conviction that it was one of those ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ stories that, as a filmmaker, you just know has to be told and would help effect societal change.
“For all its apparent fun, frocks and frivolity, it’ll give me a cunning platform to tackle some deeper, topical issues such as the current suicide epidemic within the LGTBQI+ community.”
Kylie Munnich, Screen Queensland Chief Executive added that stories like Bowled Over help foster diversity and inclusion in regional communities stating “This documentary has the potential to help marginalised communities find common ground with everyday Queenslanders.
“It’s fantastic to see Queensland production companies focus on local stories with commercial appeal both here and abroad, that also have positive social impact.
“Heart-warming tales, like Bowled Over, help nurture community connection, particularly in regional communities which can sometimes feel isolating for members of the LGTBQI+ community.”
The one-hour documentary is being commissioned as part of SBS’s Untold Australia with principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with SBS, and production and development investment from Screen Queensland.
In the spirit of helping those from diverse backgrounds, the production team is offering a training opportunity for an Assistant Editor for an early-career filmmaker from an underrepresented group in the screen industry. Applications for this position are now open until Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 and regionally-based Queensland practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply here.
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17th September 2019 - Rugby Australia forms alliance to increase participation in the LGBTIQ community
14th June 2019 - Sporting clubs and organisations recognised for LGBTQ inclusion
9th April 2019 - Awards return to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion in Australian sport
10th August 2018 - YMCA NSW launches LGBTI employee staff and advocacy group
20th June 2018 - Athletes, clubs and organisations recognised for LGBTI inclusion
8th April 2018 - New awards to celebrate LGBTI inclusion in Australian sport
25th May 2017 - AFL named ‘organisation of the year’ at LGBTI inclusion awards
16th March 2016 - Major sporting codes sign up for new system to measure LGBTI inclusion
6th March 2016 - Sydney Mardi Gras Parade marks a momentous year for LGBTI community
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