Short Film of the Day: We’re All In This Together

May 17, 2020
Melbourne’s queer history retold in award-winning short film, released to mark IDAHOBIT 2020 on 17 May.

We’re All In This Together is a verbatim hybrid-documentary (a la Warwick Thornton’s The Darkside) from award-winning director Logan Mucha.

The film retells five stories from Melbourne’s queer community including:

  • Sally Conning, as she recounts her trans experience from the ‘50s onwards
  • Jude Munro, founding member of activist group Gay Liberation in ‘72
  • Lizzi Craig, nurse at the forefront of the ‘80s AIDS crisis
  • Shaun Miller, present on the night of the ‘94 Tasty nightclub police raid
  • A Ugandan woman’s recent arrival as a queer asylum seeker

Young people perform direct-to-camera verbatim monologues to bring a contemporary lens to Melbourne’s past and an encourage the exploration of queer identity across generations.

The film was shot around Melbourne before physical distancing and was supported by the City of Melbourne’s Arts Grants Program.

“So much of Melbourne’s queer past is not well-known by young queers, when we owe so much to past activists for today’s freedoms,” says filmmaker Logan Mucha.

“Long before the slogan was widely adopted for COVID-19, I imagined We’re All In This Together to communicate the need for our diverse community to strengthen connections and acknowledge our collective struggles. As we’re unable to connect on our dance floors and community events, this message feels more important now than ever before.”

“I had the pleasure of meeting IDAHOBIT’s founder Louis-Georges Tin in 2011 while filming LGBTIQ+ protests in Moscow and I hope this film adds to the legacy of IDAHOBIT and what it stands for.”

Past screenings and exhibits

Winner: Emerging Artist Award at Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery
Finalist: My Queer Career at the Mardi Gras Film Festival
Finalist: Best Documentary at the St Kilda Film Festival
Finalist: Best Documentary Short Form and Best Docudrama at the ATOM Awards
Finalist: Best Melbourne Short at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Finalist: Best Short at Lorne Film Festival
Solo Exhibition: West Space Gallery
Group Exhibition: OUT @ Brunswick Street Gallery
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival Czechia
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Canberra Short Film Festival
Feast Festival Adelaide
Summer Thrills Mildura Australia

Other Logan Mucha films you can watch in iso:

Dani Boi, available on iView: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/love-bites-dani-boi
Into the Streets, available on iView: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/into-the-streets

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