20 April 2008


Now that our website is up and running we've decided to cease posting to this blog.

For the most up-to-date screenings information on Bent Lenses please bookmark our website: www.bentlenses.org

We will continue to post screening details through ACTQueer.

The Bent Lenses Crew

27 March 2008

April Offerings from Bent Lenses...

We're back with another couple of beaut movies for April...

Sunday, 13th April

In the dirtiest, funniest, most scandalous gay-teen-sex-comedy-parody ever, four gay friends make a pact to lose their virginity by the end of the summer. But that’s easier said than done, as the boys face giant sex toys, naked celebrities, masochistic teachers and an uncontrollable romance with a quiche. With a dozen jokes a minute and who’s who of gay celebrities. Another Gay Movie is a candy-colored romp where getting laid is all that matters!

Friday, 18th April

In a nation where sexuality in general is taboo, lesbian sex, lust and sexual representation are even more marginalized. By visiting writers, academics and "sexperts," and going inside sex shops, erotic dance clubs and lesbian-owned porn companies, this documentary series will go beyond mass appeal to find out what really turns on lesbians and perhaps any woman who has ever had a girl-on-girl fantasy.

Please check out our website for more details!

12 March 2008


Hello, we're Back!!!

Here we are back again for 2008! To kick off the season we have two films about dating, just perfect for the Easter long weekend...

FRIDAY, 21 March 2008

AVAILABLE MEN is a comedic case of mistaken identity when two guys meet up for a blind date... with the wrong guys. Stars Richard Ruccolo from 'All Over the Guy'. Director: David Dean Bottrell, USA, 2006, 15 mins.

COFFEE DATE is a fast-paced comedy filled with sexual shenanigans of a misguided kind. Straight-laced Todd (Jonathan Bray) embarks on a blind date with Kelly, but his mundane world is quickly turned inside out when his female date turns out to be a hunk (Wilson Cruz, Party Monster). Friends and family, even his mother, not only think he's gay, but help thrust him towards this new romantic endeavour! Surrounded by an excellent supporting cast including comical Jonathan Silverman and Oscar®-nominated Sally Krikland, Coffee Date is a refreshing, madcap comedy of errors and the perfect metrosexual date movie. Screenwriter / Director: Stewart Wade, USA, 2005, 94mins.

Screening: Friday, 21 March - Doors open @ 7.00pm with Tickets & Bar open from 7.15pm. Films screen from 7.45pm @ Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMaG), London Circuit, Civic (opp Bailey's Corner). Ticket prices $10.

Please note: Films are Rated R. Restricted to 18 years and over.

21 November 2007


Friday, 23 November
Doors open @ 7pm, Bar open from 7.15pm**, Film starts @ 7.45pm

Hello again,

Our final offering is a fantastic farewell to BentFest2007. This film kicks ass! Edgeplay chronicles the rise and disintegration of the seminal '70's all-teenage-girl rock band 'The Runaways', whose members included then unknown future rock stars Lita Ford and Joan Jett. The film explores the effects of verbal, emotional and psychological abuse on girls too young to drink, but old enough for sex, drugs & rock n roll.
110mins, D. Victory Tischler-Blue
"Powerful & extremely moving" Film Threat

Film screens @ CMaG
Ticket Prices#: $12 Full / $7 Members* & Concessions*
*Members / Concession Cards must be presented for discounted entry
** Pride Awards - in association with SpringOUT 2007
# Includes lucky door prizes

13 November 2007

Paragraph 175 & Parting Glances

Well, when too much Queer cinema is never enough, we're back again for another weekend of film. Check our website for more details.

Friday, 16 November 2007 @ CMaG - Film starts at 7.30pm

From two-time Academy Award winner Rob Epstein (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt and The Times of Harvey Milk), Rupert Everett narrates this true story of the last untold tale from the Third Reich. From 1933-45, 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Enforced by the Nazi Party, many were sent to concentration camps. This film hears the story of five of the few remaining survivors of this dark period in Queer history.
81mins, D. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman
"Exquisitely lyrical" Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Not to be missed! Devastating... elegant and powerful" David Ansen, Newsweek

Saturday, 17 November 2007 @ Arc Cinema, National Film & Screen Archive - Film starts at 7.30pm

In a salute to SpringOUT 2007, and in partnership with the glorious new Arc Cinema (National Film & Sound Archive) we present a one-off screening of this seminal queer film. As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing with their circle of eccentric friends, including Nick (a young Steve Buscemi), who is living with AIDS. Bill Sherwood's landmark queer feature has been recently restored under UCLA's Outfest Legacy Project.
90mins, D. Bill Sherwood
"Relentlessly upbeat... Buscemi has a powerfully anarchic presence" Janet Maslin, NY Times

And just a reminder about 'THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED', screening this Thursday night (15th Nov) at the Arc Cinema. Please refer to the previous 5th October entry below.

05 November 2007

Hot Pink Shorts

Friday, 9th November 2007

Always Bent Lenses biggest night of the festival, this year we launch BentFest2007 with a collection of the hottest films from Queer Screen's 'My Queer Career' + 1.

Screens at CMaG, London Circuit, Civic. Doors open from 7pm.

Prada Handbag: A girl with a hair loss problem and an obsession with wigs becomes a drag queen. D. Stuart Vauvert, 20mins

A Bear, Where?: A bear goes in search of a furry soul mate. Animated. D. Jeremy Stewart, 3mins

Disappointment: An exploration into the darker side of the city of churches, Adelaide. D. Unreasonable Adults, 17mins

In The Ladies Lounge: Two young women of the 21st century discover a kinship with Beirut dykes of the 1920s. D. Fadia Aboud, 12mins

Mizu: A Japanese man reflects on the death of his mother. D. Peter Humble, 6mins

Salt: A love story about three people who share a passion for food and each other. D. Campbell Farquhar, 3mins

Seeya Rach: Mel's girlfriend Rach is headed overseas. This is Mel's goodbye video. D. Pearl Tan, 7mins

The Manual: Psychiatric treatment of homosexuality in a fictional tale. D. Sarah Spillane, 15mins

Ready Or Not: Explores the struggle to be true to yourself through raw, real and life affirming stories. D. Katherine Wilkinson, 17mins

Saturday, 10th November 2007


The Canberra debut screening of an Aussie drama. Cute teen Midget Hollow (Jack Baxter) wanders through life riding big waves and partying with surfer boys. When Midget's best friend's gay brother Cass arrives on the scene, the two quickly dive head first into a clandestine sea of sexual awakening. As his lusty romance with the dark-eyed Adonis is soon discovered, Midget has to navigate between his friends' reaction and his newfound love, all while growing up during a hot summer of fun in the sun! 109mins, D. Ed Aldridge, 109mins

Screens at CMaG, London Circuit, Civic. Doors open from 7pm.

05 October 2007

BentFest 2007 is coming! Stay tuned for more information.

However, we'd like to let you know about the following film that is being screened at the National Film and Screen Archive. Though not part of BentFest 2007, we commend it to you.
THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (2006, dir Kirby Dick) Is a very comic examination of the US censorship system, with a special interest inhow the system has a double standard for the depiction of Gay and Straight sex. And one of its characters, employed by the director to chase after the nameless members of the US MPAA ratings panel, is a fascinating Lesbian private detective.
It screens on 15 Nov at 7.30pm at ARC National Film and Sound ArchiveMcCoy Circuit Acton Canberra ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA
phone: +61 2 6248 2054