Three Australian feature films will screen during Queer Screen’s 28th Mardi Gras Film Festival.
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Thomas Wilson-White’s The Greenhouse will launch on Friday, 19 February at the Ritz Cinemas in Randwick. The film will also screen on Saturday, 27 February.
What would you do, if you could go back in time? This Australian magic-realist film answers that very question. Beth is a young woman bereft when one of her mothers passes away. Unlike her three siblings, she languishes at the family home with her surviving mother, Ruth.
On the eve of Ruth’s sixtieth birthday, Beth follows a vision into the garden and discovers a greenhouse that sends her into the past, where her mother is alive and Beth is taking her first steps in trying to deal with or ignore her own burgeoning sexuality.
As her siblings and a past love return home and tempers flare, Beth’s escapes to the greenhouse are discovered and send the whole family searching for what they’ve lost and finding far more than they bargained for.
The Greenhouse is written and directed by Wilson-White, produced by Lizzie Cater and stars Jane Watt, Camilla Ah Kin, Kirsty Marillier, Shiv Palekar, Joel Horwood, Harriet Gordon-Anderson and Rhondda Findleton.
Under My Skin
The Australian premiere of Australia/US co-pro Under My Skin will screen on Friday 26 February at the Ritz Cinemas in Randwick.
Throughout the film, Denny is portrayed by four separate non-binary-identifying actors, including Australian Liv Hewson (Bombshell) and Bobbi Salvor Menuez (Transparent). As their journey progresses, we see it from Denny and Ryan’s side as the two find themselves, and each other, in this very modern love story. An insightful, heartfelt and compelling film made almost entirely by an Aussie cast and crew in Los Angeles.
Under My Skin is written and directed by David O’Donnell, produced by O’Donnell and Raynen O’Keefe and stars Liv Hewson, Alex Russell, Alexis Denisof, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Lex Ryan and Chloe Freeman.
This screening will include a Q&A with filmmakers.
My First Summer
Katie Found’s My First Summer will screen three times during the festival on Thursday, 25 February, and twice on Sunday, 25 March.
A gorgeous, Australian lesbian coming-of-age film to tug at your heartstrings and fill you with memories of your first love. In My First Summer, 16-year-old Claudia has been raised in total isolation from society by her recently deceased mother. Now completely on her own on her property, she is surprised when Grace, a spirited teenaged girl appears from a nearby town.
This beautifully shot film is at once a classic Australian story and a breath of fresh air. The two girls find themselves, and one another as they teeter on the cusp of first love, womanhood, past trauma and having their idyllic freedom torn away from them by the outside world.
A sometimes dark, always stunning film about first love and discovering your sexuality.
My First Summer is written and directed by Katie Found, produced by Alisha Hnatjuk and Jonathan auf der Heide, and stars Markella Kavenagh, Maiah Stewardson, Arthur Angel, Steve Mouzakis, Katherine Tonkin, Edwina Wren and Harvey Zielinski.
You can find out more information about the Queer Screen’s 28th Mardi Gras Film Festival here.
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