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Queens of the Qing Dynasty

Directed by Ashley McKenzie
2022
Canada
122 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A story of magnetic attraction and unlikely kinship, featuring extraordinary performances, alluringly crafted by one of the most exciting voices in contemporary art cinema.
A meet cute takes place in a hospital. Star (Walker), a neurodivergent teen, encounters An (Zheng), a queer student from Shanghai assigned to watch her after a suicide attempt. A nightly exchange of text messages and diva ballads follows and their idiosyncratic worldviews begin to sync. McKenzie conjures a unique shared universe for these characters, complete with strobing colours, animation, and a glitch synth soundtrack featuring Autechre and Yu Su. The result is a transfixing portrait of live-wire intimacy between self-proclaimed “evil twins”. In Star’s words: “We have chemistry, chemical connections. We’re mixin’ chemicals. I can feel it.”
An impressive new offering, Queens showcases McKenzie’s flair for loose, floating narratives and complex characters hoping to break free from their ennui.
Caitlin Quinlan, Variety
Assimilating avant-garde influences and incorporating eruptive animations, McKenzie’s daring film makes many other such depictions of difference look studied or precious.
Nicolas Rapold, Artforum.

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Ashley McKenzie
Director
Ashley McKenzie (she/they) wrote and directed several short flms, including When You Sleep (2012), Stray (2013), and 4 Quarters (2015). Her debut feature Werewolf screened at TIFF (2016), the Berlinale (2017), and won the most generously endowed film prize in Canada – the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Tickets

Thu 9 Jun
8pm
Palace Central Cinemas
Past Event Cancel
Sat 11 Jun
5:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
FLUX
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Canada
Language
In English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Director
Ashley McKenzie
Producer
Ashley McKenzie, Britt Kerr, Nelson MacDonald
Cast
Sarah Walker, Ziyin Zheng, Wendy Wishart
Screenwriter
Ashley McKenzie
Cinematographer
Scott Moore
Editor
Ashley McKenzie, Scott Moore
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Experimental, Comedies, LGBTQIA+ Films
Company Credits
Production Company: Hi-Vis Film
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