This is another feat for Philippine cinema and the LGBTQ+ community. Samantha Lee's first feature-length film Baka Bukas, starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith, will have it's Australian premiere at the 28th Melbourne Queer Film Festival. According to the festival's website, the event "showcases the finest contemporary queer cinema from Australia and beyond." It will be held from March 15 to 26, 2018.
Jasmine announced the good news on her Instagram account. She wrote, "@bakabukas will be making its Australian premiere at the @melbqueerfilmfest next weekend! I can't wait for family and friends back in our other home to see this project of ours, Direk @givemesam! My mama told me that the titas of Melbourne are all locked in and ready to go! #JCSfilm." Jasmine was born and raised in Australia, where her family still lives.
Baka Bukas, originally an entry at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival, tells the story of a director, writer, social media manager named Alex (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) who falls in love with her girl best friend, an actress named Jess (Louise delos Reyes). When Jess finds out about Alex's feelings, Jess explores her own sexuality. Together, they begin a journey toward self-discovery and love.
Congratulations to the team of Baka Bukas!