Dating Amber
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Dating Amber

MQFF Opening Night
Thu
11
Thu Mar 11 8:00 PM

Village Coburg Drive-In
Wheelchair
Code
General Admission
120 Mins
March
Thu Mar 11

In Ireland during the mid-90s, high school students Eddie (Fionn O’Shea) and Amber (Lola Pettigrew) decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality and essentially become each other's ‘beards’. Eddie is keen to follow his dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving away to the more progressive London.
During a life-changing night at a gay bar their ‘ideal’ arrangement begins to fall apart, forcing Eddie deeper into denial, while Amber begins to embrace her sexuality and realises that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes.
With winning turns from the two young leads, the uniformly excellent cast is rounded out by some familiar faces including Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and Barry Ward (The End of the F*cking World) as Eddie’s parents.
Dating Amber is a funny, joyful and poignant love letter to all those kids who grew up in a small town and needed to escape in order to be themselves.

This film is rated MA15+. It contains strong sexual references, crude sexual humour and coarse language.

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Dir: Monica Zanetti, Australia, 2021, 10 mins

When Naomi realises she is queer at 23, she has to squeeze all her sexual adolescence into one year in order to stay on the life-schedule she has set for herself.

Review

Finally, Freyne has given us a romantic comedy in which the gay best friends are the leads, and it's all the richer for it.
- Variety


March
Thu Mar 11

Village Coburg Drive-In

155 Newlands Road Coburg North, Victoria, 3058