Sam Brookes’ top five flicks from Out Takes 2014.

Out Takes is always an exciting event in any Auckland cinephile’s calendar.

Where other film festivals throughout the year seem to lack in queer content, Out Takes more than fills this need with queer films from all around the world, from feel-good comedies to gritty historical dramas to incisive documentaries.


Alongside are my personal picks that I’ll be looking out for in the festival, in no particular order:

I Feel Like Disco 

Billed as a German tragi-comedy, this tells the story of a recently bereaved gay teenager and his strict diving coach father learning to cope with each other’s worlds. If ‘German tragi-comedy’ isn’t enough to turn you onto a film, the promise of a delicate account of a difficult relationship between a gay teenager and his tough dad should be.

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The Out Takes Film Festival runs from Thurs 22 May – Mon 2 June at Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket, Auckland. From Thurs 29 May – Wed 11 June at the Paramount cinema in Wellington and returns to Christchurch from Thurs 12 – Sun 15 June at the Hollywood theatre in Sumner. Tickets from and