The upcoming Mardi Gras Film Festival is jam-packed with great Aussie films!
The collection contains two World Premieres, an Australian Premiere, a rarely seen film from 1970, and a collection of the best queer shorts made this year.
All of these sessions will attract massive audiences, and three films are followed by official after parties. We’re also really pleased that at each session the filmmakers will be present for the screening and will partake in Q&As.
Don’t miss these special highlights.
You can find the complete program here.
ALL ABOUT E
Saturday 21 February, 7.00pm
WORLD PREMIERE E, a sexy Sydney DJ with a world of women at her feet, feels she is missing something. When she and gay best friend Matt stumble on a stash of cash, they hit the road on the run from crooks in search of a new life and possibly a lost love. Heading for safety in the bush, and to Trish, the one girl who broke her heart, E has to find the strength to face her demons, and come out to her migrant family. Part road movie, romance, and thriller, this sexy and fun film is destined to be a lesbian classic. Film followed by Showcase Party.
Wednesday 4 March, 7.00pm
WORLD PREMIERE Lifesavers, Sydney’s beaches, and an over-drive of male competitiveness frame this exciting new Aussie film. Handsome young Len, the surf club champion, is on a bender of jealousy and unrequited lust. He can’t stand new lifesaver, Phil, who he thinks is gay – but just how far will he take his rage? Beautifully filmed, tense and gripping, DROWN confronts, questions, and explores the world of Aussie beach culture. Followed by after party.
Thursday 5 March, 6.30pm
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of this cult Australian film, the first to have homosexuality as its central theme. Paul (Sean McEuan) is a sexually confused department store employee who dreams of infiltrating the Sydney art scene. When he becomes the protégé to a renowned film set designer, he seeks help from his new upper-class clique including his cousin’s handsome boyfriend, Tony. Soon, they’re embarking on a love affair, though Tony struggles with his own sexuality, sleeping with women to convince himself otherwise.
Saturday 28 Feb, 7.30pm
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Sometimes a stranger is the best person to open up to. Troubled university student Caitlin and straight-laced Leah are two lost souls – both hiding secrets and fears they don’t want to face. Shot in and around Newtown, this film had its World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival where it was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature. Queer Screen is excited to present the Australian Premiere of this locally made and moving film. Followed by after party.