From romance to comedies, documentaries to dramas, and everything in between, Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival will deliver the best in LGBTIQ cinema.
The 2017 festival will feature a raft of Australian premieres from all corners of the globe. One of many highlights is the hotly anticipated football drama The Pass. Out actor Russell Tovey (HBO’s Looking) stars as one of two promising athletes whose lives diverge after a fateful night in a hotel room. Ten years later the men meet again. Will they make up for lost time?
Another Australian premiere is Below Her Mouth, an incredibly erotic and intimate film that celebrates lesbian sexuality like few before it. Androgynous model Erika Linder plays Dallas, who has recently broken up with her girlfriend. A chance meeting with Jasmine causes an unexpected reaction as they are drawn to love and insatiable desire.
Bad Girl is one of several new Australian films at the festival, and this slow-burn thriller shouldn’t be missed. When Amy, who is fresh from juvenile detention, moves to a small-town she is looking for a fresh start. The beautiful, mysterious Chloe soon appears and they find their new relationship seriously tested.
In documentaries, Out Run covers Bemz Benedito as she dreams of becoming the first transgender person in the Philippine Congress, representing the LGBTIQ party Ladlad. This gives an insight into the inspiring camaraderie within the queer community of this fiercely religious nation. Another documentary, Check It, introduces the first known black LGBTIQ gang, based in Washington D.C. Amid this dangerous world, some have found a way to break free: fashion.
Other films include Brazilian award-winner Don’t Call Me Son, about a family’s disapproval of a teen’s sexual and gender identity, and Lazy Eye where two handsome men spend a weekend together in the Mojave Desert. Other stand-out selections are the laugh out loud lesbian comedy Suicide Kale, queer German drama Liebmann, and award-winning documentary Political Animals.
It doesn’t end there. Browse the full festival program on the Queer Screen website here!
Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival
February 15 - March 2
Event Cinemas George Street, and other venues