A special premiere screening of the new feature film Walking On Water will be held on Thursday 19 September, with director Tony Ayres making a guest appearance.

Walking On Water stars Vince Colosimo as Charlie, the gay friend of Gavin (David Bonney), and is the first feature film directed by Ayres. The film deals with the responses to Gavin’s death by his friends and family: a surprising mixture of grief, humour and betrayal.

The film won the Teddy Award for the best queer feature at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, with previous winners of the Teddy Award including Boys Don’t Cry and Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Walking On Water was filmed in Sydney and was one of five films commissioned by the 2002 Adelaide Festival on the theme of reconciliation.

Director Ayres previously directed the short film China Dolls about Asian-Australian gay men, as well as the television adaptation of William Yang’s Sadness, although he is also well known as a writer and editor. The screenplay was penned by local writer Roger Monk, who has also written for The Secret Life Of Us.

Walking On Water is screened in association with Dendy Films and Queer Screen at 7pm on Thursday 19 September at the Academy Twin Cinemas in Oxford Street, Paddington.

Drinks will be served from 6:30pm for a gold coin donation and tickets are $12 for Queer Screen members and $15 for non-members. Credit card bookings can be made by calling 9332 4938 between 1pm and 6pm Monday to Friday.

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