Don’t forget to grab your tickets for the final night of this year’s hugely successful Mardi Gras Film Festival.
The closing film, Kaboom, is the latest wild and over-the-top film from Gregg Araki, the celebrated filmmaker who helped kick-start the ‘New Queer Cinema’ movement of the early 1990s with such classics as The Living End, Totally Fucked Up and The Doom Generation.
Kaboom is a sexy sci-fi, comedic, psychological thriller that centres on ambisexual Smith, an 18-year-old college student who stumbles upon a bizzare demonic cult in the grounds of the school.
It’s part Murder, She Wrote and part Hardy Boys, with a little Twilight Zone and Wizard of Oz thrown in for good measure.
Hyper-stylised, the film features a who’s-who of the most talented and up-and-coming actors of this generation, including Thomas Dekker (TV’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber), Juno Temple, Haley Bennett and James Duval.
With a blistering soundtrack featuring The XX, Cut Copy, Friendly Fires, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kaboom is a riotously entertaining way to end the festival. Welcome to the end of the world!
And, given it was the winner of the inaugural Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival 2010, it is certain to get tongues wagging.
info: Kaboom screens on Thursday, March 3 at 7.30pm at Hoyts EQ. Tickets from www.queerscreen.com.au