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Meet the Topless Bartender Challenging Gender Norms (NSFW)

Director Jessica Barclay Lawton follows Zef Valdes, a 21-year-old “genderqueer” environmental practices student, in an intimate portrait of her life in Cairns, Australia. Lawton’s aim—as she describes—was to show “a slice of Australian culture that doesn’t make it into the brochures.”

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“This film is an unfiltered snapshot of our desire for intimacy in its oscillating forms,” says the Melbourne-based director, whose film’s underlying message concerns love; the love of oneself and the love of complexity. “With cinematographer Alex Cardy, the three of us set out to create an amorphous space that captures the energy of identity.”