An ode to the golden era of pre-colonial/ indigenous Philippines, which throws recognition to it’s queer ancestors.

From honouring those who have tread previously, to celebrating Filipinx today, “Lalaki” is the stamp uniting both centre-points and bears its culture as a future ancestor.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast

Directed & Edited by Steph Jowett
Produced by BVT & Steph Jowett
Cinematography by Kate Cornish
Movement Directed by Jeremy Lloyd Santos
Production Designed by Tilly Robba & Steph Jowett
Styled by Red Rey
1st AD Audley Anderson
Lead Hair & Make-up Jade Diaz
Hair & Make-up Assists Yassica Switakowski & Davina the Transfiguress

Starring Jeremy Lloyd Santos, Fetu Taku, Taimania Foai,
Red Rey, Davina the Transfiguress, Nathan Zabala & Mischa Zabala

Colourist Alina Bermingham
1st AC Trudi Gultom
2nd AC Irisha Adnyana
Steadicam Alex Mayo
Gaffer Heather Fletcher
Best Boy Wesley Mark
Production Assists Ella Hadzioanou & Raven Pajarillaga
BVT Manager Jess Dos Anjos

The story behind the film

Music and dance have been a way of passing on culture for centuries. As our world evolves, we adopt new ways of storytelling and keeping culture alive.
LALAKI aims to be a cultural milestone for the Filipinx community.

Lalaki is a nod to the iconoclasm (image-breaking) of our shared culture, heritage and bloodlines that have been erased over time.
It pays homage to pre-colonial queer leaders, stories and materiality to invoke the past to imagine new futures.
The aesthetic combines history, fantasy and the modern lens to explore Filipinx experience and aims to connect those from diaspora with their forgotten ancestry.


Genre: Music / Dance
Country: Australia
Language: English / Tagalog / Kapampangan
Length in minutes: 3:24
YEAR: 2022