New queer-themed TV shows on Aurora
Online channel ‘Inside Out TV’ heads to Aurora, along with the premiere of the Queer Fruits Film Festival, this February
7th February, 2013: Aurora, Australia’s leading not-for-profit STV community channel, is supporting GLBTIQ* audiences with the launch of two new shows this month. The Queer Fruits Film Festival (QFFF) features the best films from the last four years of the festival, compiled into four episodes for Aurora. Also the online gay and lesbian channel, Inside Out TV, is going to broadcast on Aurora as a new TV series.
Aurora CEO Phyllisse Stanton said: “Aurora is passionate about showcasing diverse and inspiring content and we are so proud to broadcast the Queer Fruits Film Festival and Inside Out TV which both focus attention on the real life gay and lesbian community.”
The opening episode of QFFF will premiere on Sunday 10th February 8.30pm. It features the award-winning documentary ‘Undressing Vanessa’ which won the Best Short Documentary at the 2008 IF Awards and stars the celebrated drag artist Vanessa Wagner (from Celebrity Big Brother, 2002).
The chosen films from QFFF are a mixture of short and experimental films, documentaries, animations, music videos and special features. They are based around the uplifting and inspiring stories which explore the serious realities and issues that can confront GLBTIQ people.
Aurora will also air Inside Out TV one of Australia’s leading online, gay and lesbian video entertainment channels, which began on YouTube in 2011. Aurora approached the channel and offered to broadcast them as a new TV show.
Ms Stanton explained: “Seeing the value of the diverse content Inside Out TV had to offer online, Aurora approached the channel to broadcast them on a national platform, with the goal to help increase visibility of Australia’s queer community on national television.”
The new weekly gay and lesbian, lifestyle TV series will premiere on Thursday 14th February 8 pm. The show includes a look-back at the best of the summer parties, snippets from Mardi Gras 2012, and a Mardi Gras Parade Special with the team broadcasting from the Mardi Gras Kiki studio on the 2nd March, 2013 Sydney parade route.
Other highlights from the series also include episodes on the rich history of the Sydney Show Girls, scenes from some of the hottest clubs from Oxford St, honouring community leaders at the 2012 ACON LGBTQI Honour Awards plus all the highlights from the mass Marriage Equality rally held at Martin Place.
Guest hosts include Ji Wallace (silver Olympic medallist).
Stanton noted: “We aim to celebrate the lives of gay and lesbian people at Aurora, and these two new TV shows reflect that with their entertaining and innovative content.”
*Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ)
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Media Information: Laura Douglas at Launch Group: 02 9492 1002 / 0452 505 859