Aug 312013

stranger by the lake

After 20 years running the hugely successful Mardi Gras Film Festival, Queer Screen is bringing queer film to the inner west this September.

Opening night at Dendy Newtown is critically acclaimed Stranger by the Lake (Cannes 2013 Queer Palm Award and Un Certain Regard for Best Director) is a French drama centering on a cruising spot for men on the shores of a lake, where a tale of passion and murder unfolds. Also screening at Dendy is 2013 Berlin Film Festival Teddy winner, In The Name Of, a Polish film that follows a gay priest taking over a small town parish; and new Australian film Around the Block set in inner Sydney, in which Christina Ricci plays a teacher who is forced to face her own sexuality whilst helping her students to live their truth.

Retrospectives will screen at the Newtown Hotel, starting with I’m a Cheerleader starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall as lovestruck teenagers at an ex-gay conversion camp, the emphasis seriously on camp. Followed by Shortbus, by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) which is a mid 2000’s look at a sexually diverse ensemble trying desperately to connect in New York. Then Mala Noche, Gus Van Sant’s first feature, this 1986 black and white film, shot mostly on 16mm, is an American queer classic.

Closing the festival at the Newtown Hotel is the absolutely beautiful, Lawrence Anyways, from talented writer-director Xavier Dolan. The French Canadian drama which won the Cannes 2012 Queer Palm and Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress (Suzanne Clément).
For more information about the festival & to purchase tickets, please visit the official festival site: