The 2013 Mardi Gras Film Festival is currently under way in Sydney. Held February 14 -28, this is the 20th year that Queer Screen has bought LGBTIQ films to Australian audiences.
The film festival boasts a large array of films, from hard-hitting documentaries, to romances, coming of age stories, and films which address/explore issues in the LGBTIQ community such as same-sex parenting.
Highlights from this year’s festival include the Academy Award nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, which I found profoundly moving and extremely powerful; moving love story Beyond the Walls which played at the International Critics Week at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; and Korean film Two Weddings and a Funeral, in which a lesbian and gay couple try to hatch a plan to marry without their families finding out who their true loves really are.
I was lucky enough to attend the sold out opening night gala in which the fantastic bio pic A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman in 3D screened. This was a very unique method of telling the life story of a very unique soul. The film was animated by 15 different animation companies, all of whom have their own style; and it was largely voiced by Graham Chapman himself, who recorded the audio a few years before his death in 1989.
I really enjoyed the film – it was largely humorous, but was at times quite moving and showed the pain that Chapman was obviously often in. The animation techniques used to show the horror of detoxing from drugs and alcohol was quite outstanding.
You can view the full programme for the 2013 Mardi Gras Film Festival here.
By Sam McCosh