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QUEER SCREEN’S MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 ​is​ ​a​ ​celebration​ ​of​ ​LGBTIQ  creativity​ ​and​ ​an homage​ ​to​ ​ ​ ​history​ ​as​ ​Queer Screen ​brings​ ​the​ ​best​ ​and​ ​most​ ​diverse​ ​LGBTIQ​ ​content to​ ​the​ ​big​ ​screen.​ ​

Announcing​ ​the​ ​first​ ​10​ ​‘teaser’​ ​films​.

MGFF18 puts​ ​the​ ​spotlight​ ​on​ ​Australia’s​ ​established​ ​and​ ​up​ ​and​ ​coming​ ​filmmakers​ ​with​ ​a retrospective​ ​of​ MY QUEER CAREER ​ ​–​ ​Australia’s​ ​largest​ ​competition​ ​for​ ​LGBTIQ​ ​short​ ​films, hosted​ ​each​ ​Mardi​ ​Gras​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​by​ ​Queer​ ​Screen.​ ​For​ ​more​ ​than​ ​two​ ​decades,​ ​​ MY QUEER CAREER  ​has​ ​unearthed​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​and​ ​greatest​ ​Aussie​ ​queer​ ​filmmakers.

Looking​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​future,​ ​the festival presents​ ​​JADE OF DEATH,​ ​a​ ​supernatural​ ​thriller​ ​which​ ​was recently​ ​awarded​ ​Best​ ​Drama​ ​Series​ ​by​ ​the​ ​International​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Web​ ​Television.​ ​Made with​ ​assistance​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Queer​ ​Screen​ ​Completion​ ​Fund,​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​includes​ ​rising​ ​young​ ​star Bernie​ ​Van​ ​Tiel.

Festival​ ​director​ ​Lisa​ ​Rose​ ​said:​ ​ “Queer​ ​Screen’s​ ​values​ ​–​ ​diversity,​ ​creativity,​ ​inspiration,​ ​inclusiveness​ ​and​ ​pride​ ​–​ ​have guided​ ​us​ ​through​ ​the​ ​last​ ​25​ ​years​ ​of​ ​producing​ ​film​ ​festivals​ ​for​ ​LGBTIQ​ ​communities​ ​and current​ ​circumstances​ ​mean​ ​they​ ​are​ ​now​ ​more​ ​valid​ ​than​ ​ever.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​delighted​ ​to​ ​be presenting​ ​our​ ​silver​ ​jubilee​ ​festival​ ​in​ ​what​ ​we​ ​hope​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​year​ ​when​ ​​same​ ​sex marriage​ ​becomes​ ​law.”

With​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​few​ ​parallels​ ​to​ ​Australia,​ ​​THE 34TH ​​ recounts​ ​Ireland’s​ ​campaign​ ​for​ ​marriage equality,​ ​which​ ​culminated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​country’s​ ​historic​ ​2015​ ​referendum.​

​The​ ​festival​ ​will​ ​also pay​ ​homage​ ​to​ ​Mardi​ ​Gras​ ​with​ ​a​ ​screening​ ​of​ ​a​ ​fully​ ​restored​ ​version​ ​of​ ​the​ ​renown documentary​ ​WITCHES AND FAGGOTS, DYKES AND POOFTERS ​about​ ​the​ ​78ers,​ ​the​ ​group​ ​of protesters​ ​whose​ ​march​ ​for​ ​equality​ ​morphed​ ​into​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​gay​ ​and​ ​lesbian parades​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world. Gayle​ ​Lake,​ ​senior​ ​film​ ​curator​ ​at​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Film​ ​and​ ​Sound​ ​Archive,​ ​said:​ ​“We​ ​are​ ​proud to​ ​digitally​ ​preserve​ ​and​ ​restore​ ​​​ .​ ​Our​ ​NFSA Restores​ ​program​ ​ensures​ ​that​ ​important​ ​films​ ​such​ ​as​ ​this​ ​are​ ​preserved​ ​at​ ​the​ ​highest standards,​ ​making​ ​them​ ​available​ ​to​ ​cinema​ ​audiences​ ​once​ ​again.”

As​ ​always,​ ​MGFF18​ ​will​ ​showcase​ ​the​ ​most​ ​impressive​ ​films​ ​from​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.

​​SIGNATURE MOVE ​is ​the​ ​most​ ​played​ ​lesbian​ ​film​ ​on​ ​the​ ​LGBT​ ​festival​ ​circuit this​ ​year.​ ​A​ ​multicultural​ ​rom-com,​ ​it’s​ ​about​ ​Zaynab,​ ​a​ ​Pakistani-American​ ​lawyer​ ​whose mother​ ​wants​ ​nothing​ ​more​ ​than​ ​for​ ​her​ ​daughter​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​husband​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​the love​ ​and​ ​happiness​ ​she​ ​once​ ​had.​ ​But​ ​Zaynab​ ​has​ ​other​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​escapes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of Mexican​ ​lucha​ ​libre​ ​women’s​ ​wrestling​ ​instead!

The​ ​girls​ ​wrestling​ ​with​ ​their​ ​feelings​ ​in​ ​​ ​​SIGNATURE MOVE are​ ​joined​ ​by​ ​a​ ​young​ ​man​ ​walking a​ ​fine​ ​line​ ​between​ ​machismo​ ​and​ ​homoeroticism​ ​in​ ​BEACH RATS,​ ​our​ ​Sundance-award winning​ ​gay​ ​coming​ ​of​ ​age​ ​pick​ ​for​ ​the​ ​boys.​ ​Frankie,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​a​ ​new​ ​girlfriend,​ ​is​ ​torn between​ ​real​ ​world​ ​hyper-masculinity​ ​and​ ​the​ ​hidden​ ​homoeroticism​ ​of​ ​flirting​ ​with​ ​older men​ ​online​ ​in​ ​this​ ​moody,​ ​angsty​ ​teen​ ​drama,​ ​set​ ​during​ ​a​ ​sultry​ ​summer.

 THEY,​ ​a​ ​non-binary/trans​ ​arthouse​ ​title​ ​from​ ​Cannes,​ ​tells​ ​of​ ​14-year-​ ​old​ ​J,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​been​ ​on hormone​ ​blockers​ ​to​ ​delay​ ​puberty​ ​while​ ​they​ ​explore​ ​their​ ​gender​ ​identity,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​must finally​ ​decide​ ​if​ ​they​ ​want​ ​to​ ​transition.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​stunning​ ​meditation​ ​on​ ​the​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​gender, cultural​ ​identity,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​family,​ ​crafted​ ​by​ ​Iranian​ ​director​ ​Anahita Ghazvinizadeh​ ​and​ ​executive​ ​producer​ ​Jane​ ​Campion.

French​ ​feel-good​ ​romp​ ​​KISS ME! ​brings​ ​all​ ​the​ ​charm​ ​as​ ​Oceane,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​had​ ​her​ ​fair​ ​share of​ ​broken​ ​hearts,​ ​meets​ ​Cecile​ ​and​ ​goes​ ​to​ ​any​ ​lengths​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​girl​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​her.

Meanwhile​ BODY ELECTRIC ​​,​ ​a​ ​sexy​ ​slice​ ​of​ ​life​ ​narrative​ ​from​ ​Brazil,​ ​brings​ ​the​ ​raunchiness.​ ​It takes​ ​an​ ​intimate​ ​look​ ​at​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​a​ ​racially​ ​and​ ​sexually​ ​diverse​ ​group​ ​of​ ​friends​ ​as​ ​they take​ ​to​ ​the​ ​streets​ ​of​ ​Sao​ ​Paulo​ ​with​ ​carefree​ ​(dare​ ​we​ ​say​ ​“gay”?)​ ​abandon.

SATURDAY CHURCH ​ ​introduces​ ​us​ ​to​ ​Ulysses,​ ​who​ ​is​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​become​ ​“man​ ​of​ ​the​ ​house” after​ ​his​ ​father’s​ ​death,​ ​but​ ​clad​ ​in​ ​red​ ​high​ ​heel​ ​pumps,​ ​he​ ​finds​ ​himself​ ​pulled​ ​in​ ​another direction,​ ​specifically,​ ​towards​ ​a​ ​weekly​ ​meetup​ ​of​ ​gay​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​youth.​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​a​ ​real-life program​ ​in​ ​NYC’s​ ​West​ ​Village,​ ​SATURDAY CHURCH​ ​is​ ​a​ ​musical​ ​drama​ ​about​ ​finding acceptance​ ​and​ ​understanding​ ​and,​ ​unashamedly,​ ​being​ ​who​ ​you​ ​are.

The​ ​full​ ​festival​ ​program​ ​will​ ​be​ ​launched​ ​on​ ​10​ ​January,​ ​2018.

Tickets​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​10​ ​films​ ​are​ ​on​ ​sale​ ​now​ ​including​ ​flexi​ ​passes​ ​to​ ​5​ ​or​ ​10​ ​films.​ ​Queer Screen​ ​members​ ​receive​ ​discounted​ ​tickets​ ​and​ ​priority​ ​entry​ ​to​ ​movies.​ ​To​ ​become​ ​a member​ ​or​ ​to​ ​book​ ​tickets​ ​call​ ​(02)​ ​9280​ ​1533 or visit:   http://queerscreen.org.au​


Diversity within the LGBTIQ community? Search no further than the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival program. Curated by Queer Screen, the range of topics and genres is truly impressive.

At the season launch last night, Queer Screen’s President Lisa Rose spoke about their mission to provide a “celebration of queer storytelling on screen”. Inclusive, respectful stories full of creativity, inspiration and pride.

There are big big films and there are small big films and everything in between. Like MOONLIGHT  which has just been nominated in several categories including Best Picture for the 2017 Oscars. There is singalong, a smellovison 3 D FINDING DORY for the rainbow family and even mystery movie plus more superb international and home-grown documentaries, dramas, romances etc than you can poke a glitter wand at.

Then there are the shorts. Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Asia/Pacific shorts all have showings and if this doesn’t suit there is even an evening of Mixed Shorts. Continue reading MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH


The Pass: Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival

THE PASS is a tough watch yet a terrific choice for the Queer Screen’s 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival.

“Our guiding vision for this year to tell as many queer stories as possible through the most diverse range of characters, stories and genres yet” says Festival Director Paul Struthers as he announced the 10 ‘teaser’ films this week. And if these ten are any indication it will be an exciting season. The Festival will allow Sydney audiences to see, not only the most impressive films from the LGBTIQ film circuit, but many award-winners from Berlin, Toronto and other A-list film festivals. Continue reading THE PASS


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Don’t think that you need to be a dance enthusiast, film history buff or Queer culture follower to enjoy FEELINGS  ARE FACTS : THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER. This is a film that allows a concentration on the subject not the medium.  There is nothing tricky here.  It’s just traditional documentary storytelling. It’s mostly linear: has talking heads and stills and recreated performances.

The brilliance choice of documentary form is as inspired as the work of this brilliantly non-traditional artist.  The form makes itself irrelevant so that the work on display is on display.

And the work is mesmerising and challenging. Continue reading FEELINGS ARE FACTS : THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER