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A Covid Coming Out (among the gum trees) by Mark Salvestro

This piece was commissioned by Midsumma as part of the COVID-19 responsive initiative Living in the Queerantine. Midsumma launched the small grants program as a response to the mass loss of the Melbourne queer arts industry (due to COVID-19). This piece is part of a series of works from our LGBTQIA+ arts community, that gives Midsumma audiences an insight into queer art during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.


A Covid Coming Out (among the gumtrees) is a comedic short film created and performed by Australian actor and writer, Mark Salvestro.

It’s 2020 - an all too familiar virus intimidates the world - and a young closeted Queer comes knocking for help on his parents’ rural door. With an abundance of childhood habits and hobbies awaiting him, his secret might not be so easy to hide!

With one day of quarantine left and riddled with anxiety, our Queer takes a much-needed nap. Here, we meet the inhabitants of his subconscious. Together, in an urgent Zoom conference, they must find a remedy for our Queer’s despondency and fight for each of their place in the conscious world.

Supported by Midsumma Festival's 'Living in the Queerantine' grant.




Follow the links to find out more about the initiative Living in the Queerantine and to see all of the successful grant applicants. Or visit the Midsumma Blog for more Queerantine works by Midsumma artists.

Or visit the links below to follow Mark. Instagram@marksalvestro facebook@marksalvestroactor


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