Movie review: Aquaporko! and Grrrls in Space are a collection of beautiful women’s shorts


A scene from the documentary film Aquaporko!

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There were a whole bunch of sexy, funny, inspiring and beautiful women’s films in the Aquaporko! and Grrrls in Space shorts program.  Here are capsule reviews of each film in the program.

Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny – Gabrielle Zilkha

Gut-bustingly hilarious, and a sweet message at the end, this one tied for my favourite short so far as two lady rabbits (actually, women in rabbit suits) start off their relationship humping like… well, you know… but as time goes by the passion runs dry. Toys don’t cut it, and neither does role playing (and really, “hunter and prey”?). But they eventually realize they’ve gained more than they lost.

Waack Revolt – Sonia Hong

A gorgeous and catchy blend of visual genres, In Waack Revolt two women waack their hearts out over the decades, from 1940′s Hollywood to present day LA, paying the haters no mind. What’s waacking?  Google it.

Little Vulvah & Her Clitoral Awareness – Sara Koppel

A cute animated short of a little girl exploring the world, filled with beautiful visual metaphors for her girl parts.

Sunday / Söndag – Sofia Priftis

Basking in the afterglow of their one night stand, two women start talking but discover they’re looking for very different things. An interesting little slice-of-life drama.

Sissy – Jen Crothers

What is a sissy? This short by local filmmaker Jen Crothers explores the concept of sissiness, why it’s even a thing, and how it’s an awesome thing.

Secrets & Toys – Quentin Lee

An ultra-short film of two women trying on toys for the first time. An interesting plot-less slice-of-life with some nice acting.

What’s What – Charli Brissey & Courtney Harris

A cute little dance number about blurring gender lines.

Orbits / Orbitas – Jaime Maestro

As the world burns in nuclear war, a lone soldier in an orbital space station befriends a beautiful alien. With stunning CGI animation and a heartwarming story, this tied with Stop Calling Me Honey Bunny for favourite short. The world needs more queer sci-fi!

Aquaporko! – Kelli Jean Drinkwater & Anna Helme

A documentary about Melbourne’s queer fat femme synchronised swimming team (photo above). Lovingly produced, awesome and inspiring.

Aquaporko! and Grrrls in Space written and directed by various artists.  No further showings at the 2014 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

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