Friday, January 13, 2006


No Brokeback blackout

`Roadshow Films denies claims that it will not be releasing Brokeback Mountain in regional areas of Far North Queensland.

The company said today that its release strategy for the controversial film – which features a gay relationship between two cowboys played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal – mirrors the United States and is in line with many other up market films in Australia. [..]

Earlier Townsville-based Colin Edwards told the Ten Network: “We have a strong western influence up this way in our gay community.

“We have gay property owners, jackaroos, jillaroos. They really do exist and they really do fall in love.” [..]

Federal MP Bob Katter, whose Kennedy electorate in north Queensland takes in industries such as sugar cane, cattle, sheep and dairy farming, was unconcerned.

“Maybe there are some (gay cowboys) out there but I’ve never heard of ’em,” he said.’

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