Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2018

JADE OF DEATH: A STYLISH SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY

Bernie Van Tiel (Jade) and Jordan Cowan (Maya) promoting JADE OF DEATH at Fair Day

Stylish and supernaturally creepy, JADE OF DEATH, is making its public premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 23rd.  Lucky me, I had a chance to see the series of 6 x 10 minute shows before it opens as a 60 minute offering.  And luckier still had the chance to speak with Erin Good (writer / director) and Taylor Litton-Strain (producer) of the show. Continue reading JADE OF DEATH: A STYLISH SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY

JOAN: A MUSE OF FIRE FOR MARDI GRAS

Lucy J Parkinson in JOAN.
Photos: Robert Day

Though it be not wooden, the O into which we are welcomed demands much from us.  For a scant hour …  our attention and our suspension of belief.  For here we will behold the vastly fields of France and carried here and there, jumping o’er times, we will witness this Joan of 1000 parts, the equal of warlike Harry.  JOAN is tour-de-theatre of great matter. Continue reading JOAN: A MUSE OF FIRE FOR MARDI GRAS

ACCORDING TO OTTO by Wayne Tunks at The Depot Theatre Marrickville

ACCORDING TO OTTO by Wayne Tunks is now having its Australian premiere as part of The Depot Theatre’s 2018 Seaso

Family life with an extended family, heartwarming and full of love, empathy, pathos, truth, tears and joy. Extremely entertaining, that also delivers with the laughter, a very pleasurable night of entertainment, fast-paced and filled with a hundred delicious comedy one-liners. A fresh new comedy masterpiece. Continue reading ACCORDING TO OTTO by Wayne Tunks at The Depot Theatre Marrickville

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN: STRANGERS WELL MET AND STRANGERS NO MORE

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN
Production images: Sarah Walker

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN… two strangers.  Strangers who are pulled into the life of a newcomer to the perilous city, a young man named Shane. Shane is in between boy and man, in between straight and gay and in between genetic family and adoptive family.  He is the lost boy, the wide eyed innocent, the guiltless seeker and he will meet these two strangers  as he emerges blinking to a new life.  This production, playing at the Seymour Centre as part of Mardi Gras, tells a story.  A human story, riddled with the laughter and with the fears.  The story for us of those who embrace us. Continue reading STRANGERS IN BETWEEN: STRANGERS WELL MET AND STRANGERS NO MORE

A FLARE UP AT THE HAYES: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

This image: Henry Brett and Stephen Madsen
Banner Image: Cast of The View UpStairs AUS
Production Photography: John McCrae

Playing during Mardi Gras and within walking distance of the Museum of Love and Protest, THE VIEW UpSTAIRS (Book, Music and Lyrics by Max Vernon) is set in a skilfully created seedy New Orleans drag bar of the 1970’s.  Here the characters lead lives in fear of a persecution which new- to- the- 70’s Wes initially finds impossible to understand.   But his awakening to the struggles past will waken in him  resolutions toward  the struggle both now and still to come. Continue reading A FLARE UP AT THE HAYES: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

METAMORPHOSES: MYTHS COHERE AT OLD FITZ

METAMORPHOSES: Apocalypse Theatre Company
Images: Robert Catto

Grey hair and arthritic knees was a good excuse to take my time and gingerly make my way out of the theatre around the little bits of water which had escaped the set to the stage floor.   An excuse to eavesdrop longer on the heated discussion being engaged in by a few audience remainders.  They were not happy and the gist was pretty clear.  Not faithful to the text, not respectful of text, the text doesn’t need shock tactics and so forth.  METAMORPHOSES is guaranteed to divide viewers, unless the fact that it is almost sold out means they have found their audience already.  Me for one. Continue reading METAMORPHOSES: MYTHS COHERE AT OLD FITZ

NO QUEUE AT THE LADIES LOO AT THE NEW

Photos © Bob Seary

FUCKING MEN is very high on the fun-o-meter but it also registered strongly on the emot-atron.  It is a Fairground of shifting dynamics about, but not just for, a certain population of gay males.  If it wasn’t, I might be reduced to discussing the lack of a queue at the women’s toilets … we were outnumbered 20 to 1.  Or giving an insight into men’s underwear, of which there is a lot, expounding the virtues of the pianist’s jacket or discussing socks. Continue reading NO QUEUE AT THE LADIES LOO AT THE NEW

AN ACT OF GOD @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

Mitchell Butel and Amy Harris in An Act of God Production photos Phil Erbacher (c)

This was such a fun show. Make it an Act of Will to  get yourself over to the Eternity to see it.

American Emmy Award winning comedy writer David Javerbaum’s comedy is an anarchic, wild flight of fancy. Much loved Sydney theatre performer Mitchell Butel plays the part of God. This God has grown weary of the Ten Commandments, He  has come to correct mankind’s dire misconceptions about his teachings and delivers a radical re-write. Continue reading AN ACT OF GOD @ THE ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

REVOLUTION, PROTEST AND PERSONAL STORIES: QUEER THINKING PROGRAM

 

REVOLUTION, PROTEST AND PERSONAL STORIES: Mardi Gras’ Queer Thinking Program announced.

Leading thinkers and thought provocateurs will converge on Carriageworks on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February, for two exhilarating days of ideas, discussion and debate for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ Queer Thinking program. Continue reading REVOLUTION, PROTEST AND PERSONAL STORIES: QUEER THINKING PROGRAM

SATURDAY CHURCH: MGFF 2018

SATURDAY CHURCH is a trans story yes. But much much more.  It is transporting, transcendent and transformative, with themes of belonging and being that reach well beyond the coming out.  The film is essentially a drama, but the interspersed songs and dancing, a bit like LA LA LAND, come smoothly together to inform, touch and influence hearts and minds. Continue reading SATURDAY CHURCH: MGFF 2018

AL BERTO: MGFF 2018

AL BERTO is a film of its place.  About one of Portugal’s most celebrated modern poets, it is set in Sines on the Portuguese coast.   But it is of a different time.  It is 1975 when 27 year old Al Berto returns to his small fishing village, a place where change comes slowly.  The painter/poet is beautiful, passionate and free spirited but his kind of creative living is way too fast … even for a population newly freed from an authoritarian regime.  AL BERTO explores freedom, political and personal, in a sensual, deliciously detailed film playing as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival. Continue reading AL BERTO: MGFF 2018

IN BETWEEN: MGFF 2018

Of all the films I have watched towards Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, IN BETWEEN (also called BAR BAHAR) has been my favourite.  I loved spending time with Layla, Salma and Nour, Israeli-Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv.  Deceptively  intimate, the storytelling  sweeps the viewer into a world of explosive thematic content. Continue reading IN BETWEEN: MGFF 2018

A WOMB OF THEIR OWN: MGFF 2018

 

A WOMB OF THEIR OWN
Image: Sam Berliner

If one of the joys of being human is taking delight in enjoying other humans then A WOMB OF THEIR OWN brings the both humanity and the joy.  Directed by Cyn Lubow, who is also a participant, the film gives voice to masculine identifying people who have chosen to become pregnant. Continue reading A WOMB OF THEIR OWN: MGFF 2018

THE RING THING: MGFF 2018

THE RING THING stars (l-R) Nicole Pursell and Sarah Wharton .

Like a ludicrously expensive engagement ring, the real worth of THE RING THING is in its rarity.   This film is a collage of opinion and drama about Gay and Lesbian marriage and from our perspective, when we see it as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, it is best watched with an eye to the future.  It’s been over two years since same sex marriage became available to Americans.  This film takes that experience and meanders off with it thereby allowing us that rare opportunity to sit in the dark and consider what happens next. Continue reading THE RING THING: MGFF 2018

THE CAKEMAKER: MGFF 2018

Light piano music leads us from hands slowly massaging dough, through a cityscape, into a Torten Laden, Café Krendenz on a busy street in Berlin.   THE CAKEMAKER, playing as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, is a profound and impactful film which has been crafted with loving hands. Continue reading THE CAKEMAKER: MGFF 2018

DATING MY MOTHER: MGFF 2018

Danny is a little shit.  He’s an arrogant layabout who expects the world to come to him.  He’s finished college after all… why people aren’t breaking their neck to offer him writing work.  It’s a mystery to him but not to us.  Danny is the antihero of his own story in a terrifically droll comedy DATING MY MOTHER which will play as part of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival 2018. Continue reading DATING MY MOTHER: MGFF 2018

40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION: Mardi Gras 2018 launch

As the kissy kissy photo shoot for the SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS 2018 launch proceeded on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, divalicious Trevor Ashley was heard to pronounce “I need a long black.”  No argument there from his fellow ambassadors including Paul Capsis and Todd McKenney and the clickkity click assembled media.  That much fun and flair, clustered around a very pink flamingo wading pool, can be very tiring. Continue reading 40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION: Mardi Gras 2018 launch