Queer Screen’s 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival (Festival) is happening in Sydney from 15 February – 1 March 2018, a fabulous mix of retrospective gems and the latest films celebrating love, life and the journey to equality across the LGBTIQ+ spectrum.
This year’s program is a cracker, boasting 60 Australian premieres, two world premieres, and 12 different short film packages, all up encompassing 55 feature length films and 69 short films in 71 sessions.
“Screening the widest number of queer stories and giving a platform to as many different queer voices as we possibly can, particularly underrepresented voices, is our driving force this year and the reason why we are showing so many short films,” said Festival Director Lisa Rose. “It’s not a hard task to double the number of short packages this year as the quality of the films is exceptional. I’m also proud that three sessions include differently abled protagonists, and two screenings have Open Captions.”
This year’s Festival includes a countdown of the Top 25 LGBTIQ Films of All Time, as voted by Queer Screen fans, with a panel discussion by local film experts Kate Jinx, Matt Ravier and Lisa Rose.
Films announced so far include:
Opening night film Ideal Home, a hilarious dramedy in which bickering couple Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd who must look after a grandson they never knew they had.
Closing night film Freak Show, a quirky coming of age story featuring cameos from Bette Midler and Laverne Cox.
Black Divaz, an Australian documentary following the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant, which looks at what it means to be an Indigenous Drag Queen today.
Love, Simon, the hotly anticipated coming of age story about the thrilling ride of falling in love for the first time.
The Carmilla Movie, a sequel to the smash hit web series Carmilla. Star Natasha Negovanlis will take part in a Q&A and meet & greet session, plus host an exclusive dinner event for some lucky fans.
I Dream in Another Language is set in a remote jungle village in Mexico where the last two living holders of the indigenous language of Zikril have not spoken a word to each other in over 50 years.
BPM, an award-winning French drama about the AIDS epidemic and the activists who fought for progress.
Call Me by Your Name, the wildly acclaimed premiere queer movie of 2018.
Rift, an utterly intriguing and eerie supernatural thriller set on the remote outposts of remote Iceland.
Team Hurricane, described as a ‘punk chick flick’, is an immersive, experimental look at several young girls’ friendship over one summer.
Boys for Sale, an unmissable documentary that combines interviews with Tokyo’s ‘urisen’; young men who sell their bodies, with shots of an underground gay district and manga depictions of sexual acts.
In Between, in which three strong Palestinian women challenge cultural expectations to find freedom and authenticity.
Check out the full program and buy tickets nowat queerscreen.org.au.