MIFF 2018 Closing Night Gala

Hosted to honour Australia’s LGBTIQ pioneers and their achievements, and to combat invisibility for senior members within the ‘alphabet’ community, The Coming Back Out Ball was held in Melbourne last year. #MIFF2018’s Closing Night Gala features the World Premiere of The Coming Back Out Ball Movie and, whether you were at the Ball or not, it's the perfect opportunity to enjoy (or re-live) this fabulous celebration.


Exclusive Afterparty

After the film, get your dancing shoes on MIFF’s famous Closing Night festivities, with DJs, dancing and drinks ‘til late.

In the middle of Australia’s divisive marriage equality vote, Melbourne hosted a gala event to honour and celebrate its LGBTIQ elders. These are their stories.

LGBTIQ seniors have been pioneers in many ways, beginning the fight for equality in an era when being queer could land you in jail, lose you your job or worse. But as they have aged, some started going back into the closet in nursing homes or when accessing aged-care services, owing to feeling unsafe in these environments.

Created by All The Queens Men, The Coming Back Out Ball was a glittering red-carpet evening held in October 2017 to celebrate these pioneers and their achievements, and to combat invisibility for LGBTIQ seniors. Hosted by cabaret legend Robyn Archer and with a guest list including Carlotta, Deborah Cheetham, Gerry Connolly (as the Queen) and a who’s who of Melbourne’s elder LGBTIQ community, it was a night to remember!

Director Sue Thomson documents the process as All The Queens Men puts the event together and – most importantly – captures the stories of key elders being honoured at the Ball. The resulting film, supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, is a life-affirming love letter to senior members of the ‘alphabet’ community, and to Melbourne, with an important message about the necessity of pride, acceptance, equality and dignity at all stages of life – and a whole lot of dancing!

Saturday 18 August at 7pm

Red carpet and screening: Comedy Theatre
Doors open 6.30pm

Official Afterparty: The MIFF Festival Lounge, Forum Melbourne

Film & Gala Afterparty tickets
Full $95 | Concession $90 | MIFF Members $85

Dress: cocktail

Tickets are on sale now. Book early to avoid missing out.