Celebrating 25 years of queer stories on film. Queer Screen’s 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival is a glorious mix of retrospective treasures and the latest and greatest films celebrating love, life and the journey to equality across the LGBTIQ+ spectrum. Tickets are now on sale.
With more than 60 Australian premieres, 2 world premieres, abundant award-winning films and 12 different short film packages. The festival will showcase 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,” explains 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 3 sessions include differently abled protagonists and 2 screenings have open captions.”
This year’s festival will host a countdown of the Top 25 LGBTIQ Films of All Time as voted by Queer Screen fans. The list will be discussed by local film experts Kate Jinx, Matt Ravier and Lisa Rose.
The festival opens with Ideal Home. The hilarious dramedy is about an extravagant bickering couple played by Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd who must look after a grandson they never knew they had.
Closing night film is the quirky coming-of- age and award-winning Freak Show featuring the camp and courageous Billy Bloom who is determined to live life as his fabulous self. With cameos from Bette Midler and Laverne Cox, it’s a great celebration of being here and being queer!
Thursday 15 February to Thursday 1 March 2018
Queer Screen members: $16.00