Movies about coming out is old hat. But a movie about a mother coming out to her friends? This is something you have got to bring your parents to see.

October 9 to 18 marks the 7thLove & Pride Film Festival, where Golden Village screens a curated list of films featuring homosexual themes or content in contemporary cinema. This year’s event opened with Taiwanese-American filmmaker Barney Cheng’s new movie, Baby Steps, and The Popping Post had the fortune of sitting in for Cheng’s Q&A session with a highly engaged audience after the show ended last Friday night.

Barney Cheng fielded questions about his film in a Q&A session on the festival's opening night.

Barney Cheng fielded questions about his film in a Q&A session on the festival’s opening night.

Cheng is the screenwriter, director and lead actor in Baby Steps, where a mixed gay couple decide to hire a surrogate to carry their baby. When Danny’s traditional Taiwanese mother (Gua Ah Leh, The Wedding Banquet) finds out about his plans, she is at first delighted that her first grandchild will be on the way, but horrified at its unconventional conception. Driven by her desire for her gay son to legitimately bear an heir, she determinedly helps him achieve his means, even as she struggles to accept his Caucasian boyfriend, their sexuality and the non-traditional family that they are starting.

Ma and Danny's strained relationship have a knock-on effect on Tate and Danny.

Ma and Danny’s strained relationship have a knock-on effect on Tate (Michael Adam Hamilton) and Danny (Barney Cheng).

Spoiler alert: Danny (Barney Cheng) and his partner Tate (Michael Adam Hamilton) tie the knot after having their baby daughter.

Spoiler alert: Danny (Barney Cheng) and his partner Tate (Michael Adam Hamilton) tie the knot after having their baby daughter.

“I hope parents will come see this movie and have a dialogue with their kids. Since being released in Taiwan, kids have brought their parents to see the movie, which has created the chance for them to have a dialogue. I hope this gives people the courage to talk to their parents, and for their parents to come out,” said Cheng.

Members of the audience come up to congratulate Cheng on the film and snap pictures with him at the photo booth at the after party.

Members of the audience come up to congratulate Cheng on the film and snap pictures with him at the photo booth at the after party.

 

Films featured in this year’s line-up include both English, Chinese and foreign language titles namely, The Imitation Game, Baby Steps, Saint LaurentStonewall and the 7th Love & Pride Film Festival exclusive titles like Summer and The Way He Looks.

Ticket prices:

Stonewall Closing Night: $18

Saint Laurent: $10

The Imitation Game: $10

– All other sessions: $15 (Stonewall, Summer, The Way He Looks, Baby Steps)

The festival will close with Stonewall – a story inspired by the unsung heroes whose courage broke down barriers in the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

Date and time: Sunday, October 18, 7pm
Price: $18 per ticket, inclusive of one Nachos combo (1 x Nachos and 1x 22oz Coke)