The 21st Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is poised to open April 20-27, 2006 with twelve films, including the NZ Film production of "50 Ways of Saying Fabulous".
Starring Andrew Paterson, Harriet Beattie, Jay Collins, Michael Dorman, and Georgia McNeil, and directed by Stewart Main, the film is set in the long hot summer of 1975.
"50 Ways of Saying Fabulous" is the story of 12-year-old Billy, who is about to discover that growing up is a lot more confusing than he could have ever imagined. He is a farmer's only son who is out of step with the other boys at his school. Billy feels he was never cut out to be a farmer or a rugby player. Instead, he would rather dream about an imaginary life in outer space, where a turnip paddock becomes a lunar landscape and a cow's tail a head of beautiful blonde hair which transforms him into Lana, the heroine of his favorite TV show. As he learns about his sexuality, everything he knows is called into question, including his lifelong friendship with tomboy Louise, whose world is changing alongside his.
Biofilmography: Stewart Main makes feature films, TV drama, documentaries and short films in New Zealand, often on themes of sexual identity in both contemporary and historical settings. His first feature film, Desperate Remedies, premiered in the Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival in 1993 and was bought by Miramax for release in the US after having won numerous awards throughout the world. He and producer Michele Fanti have worked together on a wide variety of projects since their first short film Twilight of the Gods in 1995 and the Montana drama One of Them in 1998.