Jan 182015


The 22nd Mardi Gras Film Festival will deliver the best in LGBTQI cinema at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015 thanks to the wonderful programme put together by Queer Screen.

This year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival program has such a special selection of films from all over the world. However, I’m especially proud of the really strong Australian talent that features this year. It’s incredibly important to us at MGFF to support the local industry and get Aussie films shown to as wide an audience as we possibly can. And it’s easy to support our filmmaking industry when it produces the incredible films we’ve chosen for our program!                                -Mardi Gras Film Festival Director, Paul Struthers

Two of the homegrown titles are Drown, which explores the world of Aussie beach culture through the story of handsome young Sydney surf club champion; and Skin Deep (shot in and around Newtown), which sees two lost souls who discover that sometimes a stranger is the best person to open up to. Skin Deep received an Honourable Mention for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival.

Other highlights include:
Mala Mala celebrates the trans* community in Puerto Rico, through the eyes of nine trans-identifying individuals. Among the group are business owners, sex workers, and even RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, April Carrión.
Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn tells the story of pornography art filmmaker, Peter de Rome, who captured the attention of the underground New York art scene from the ‘60s onwards (including Andy Warhol and David Hockney), with his erotic fantasy pornscapes.
Match, based on a Tony Award-winning play about an interview with an aging Julliard dance professor. This film also stars Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.
Lilting, about a man (Ben Whishaw) who, in his grief, reaches out to his dead boyfriend’s mother, who is of Cambodian-Chinese heritage and doesn’t speak English.
Brokebank Mountain, which will be shown in honour of it’s 10th anniversary.

WHAT: Mardi Gras Film Festival
WHEN: Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015
WHERE: Event Cinemas, 505-525 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
MORE INFO & TICKETS: http://queerscreen.org.au/mgff/

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