Flipside of Flamboyance is an insider's insight into the 78ers and GLBTIQ activist Stonewall legend. This film needs to be completed now while we are still alive and able to tell our stories, despite strokes and other inevitable disabilities, chronic illness, collective trauma, old age. Our stories need to be heard. Do not delay. We may be dead soon. Difficult Divas tell their own stories. Not dead yet.
The oldest interview subject is 90.
Are we ratbag rebel revolutionaries or queer royalty icons? The audience will decide. It's about the reality beyond the myth. The squabbles, the trauma, the memories. It's all there. I am implicated as a subject of the documentary and the interviewer in the style of new journalism, with the geeky curiosity of a queer Louis Theroux and trampling where angels fear to venture because I live there.
A subcultural classic, Inspired by Paris is Burning, the Jenni Livingstone 1990 classic. I was a teenage revolutionary. I was one of the younger survivors, and I document the hidden side of queer history, the untold stories of defiance, love and violence. A documentary about the violent clashes with police at Australia's first proud party, Australia's "Stonewall" in 1978, led to the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It's about the price those protesters paid for that liberty. The film looks at the connections between political oppression and depression over the generations and gives a message of hope and pride. The film is passionately, defiantly, beautifully queer.
It is inclusive and made by people living with disability, trauma and features gender diverse viewpoints, bisexuals, queers, indigenous rebels and queer sex workers. This is the story they didn't want you to hear.
Flipside of Flamboyance is a film about justice, truth and love
An Insider's perspective – journey from jail (1978) to party (2018 @ beyond).
An intimate, candid, up-close narrative of untold queer stories of defiance, violence and love.