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The Royal Road

As part of the Butch Duo (USA)

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

An Intimate reflection on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War, all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes. Featuring Tony Kushner, as the female voice over on the soundtrack, ‘a gender-dysphoric tomboy’ from the Midwest, a ‘cherished relief from the awkward realities of daily life.’

We are proud to showcase two distinct films representing the butch lesbian identity with its many romances in The Butch Duo. The Royal Road will screen as part of a double documentary feature with Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer. 

BEST LGBTQ FILM Ann Arbor Film Festival 2015
WORLD PREMIERE Sundance Film Festival 2015

This event is part of Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2016.


A humorous exploration of butch romantic desires...a sort of butch reply to Ross McElwee’s classic Sherman’s March.

Berenice Reynaud Senses of Cinema

A beguiling meditation…serenely accomplished.

Dennis Harvey Variety

More Info

2015/ USA / Documentary

Director Jenni Olson
Screenwriter Jenni Olson
Source The Film Collaborative


About the Venue

Common Questions

Where is New Farm Cinemas?

New Farm Cinemas is located at 701 Brunswick St, New Farm.

Is parking available?

There is limited parking at New Farm Cinemas but numerous options surrounding it. Catch buses 196 or 199 to stop 9. The bus stop is 94 metres from the cinema. Alternatively catch the free City Hopper from North Quay to Sydney St  Ferry Terminal. It is a 10 Minute walk to the cinema. Check Translink here.

Where do I collect my ticket?
Your tickets for Brisbane Queer Film Festival will be stored at Brisbane Powerhouse until the day of the film. They will then be transferred to New Farm Cinemas where they will be available an hour before the first screening. If you're unsure of where your tickets will be, please call our Box Office on 07 3358 8600.

Is there food and drink available?
New Farm Cinemas has a licensed bar, who allow you to take your drinks into the cinema while you watch your favourite movie, along with a stocked confectionary bar. There are also a number of restaurants and bars nearby along Brunswick St.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about New Farm Cinema at their website.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.