Eumundi film maker picked for top US festival
A EUMUNDI woman's first film will next month screen at the prestigious Palm Springs short film festival in the US after turning the heads of judges at the St Kilda film festival.
Journalist Megan Kinninment produced Making Maude as one of her first steps into the world of film making late last year and it was snapped up by organisers at this year's Oscars-accredited St Kilda festival.
The film tells the story of Lismore drag queen Maude Boate, performed by Michael Gates, whose unique sculptured polystyrene wigs inspired the Academy Award winning headwear in the movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
"His (Maude's) idiosyncratic low-tech, sculpted polystyrene will be instantly recognisable to admirers Of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert," St Kilda Film Festival director Paul Harris said.
"His hard won fame as the "Queen of Drag" is a feelgood story for the ages, told with cheerful irreverence and with style to burn."
The film, which first screened on the ABC Open website in November, was one of only a handful of documentaries selected for St Kilda and screens at the festival tonight.
"It was exciting as a first-time filmmaker to be selected for St Kilda, but to then be invited to Palm Springs was completely unexpected," Ms Kinninment said said.
"I have been joking to Maude that we would take this documentary all the way to Hollywood, just like Priscilla did.
"Well, Palm Springs is less than two hours away from Hollywood, so we are inching closer."
"Michael ... (Maude), is one of those extraordinary hidden talents to be found in regional Australia.
"His transformation from Lismore boy to become one of Australia's most innovative and much-loved drag queens is a home-grown success story I am honoured to be able to bring to a wider audience."