Jan 162014
 

From cheeky laugh-out-loud comedies, to insightful, honest takes on LGBTIQ life and culture, Queer Screen is proud to announce a diverse, quirky and exciting program for the 21st Mardi Gras Film Festival, this February from Thursday, February 13th to Sunday, February 23rd at Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney.

One of the most respected Queer Film Festivals internationally, and now in its 21st year, the 2014 program features no less than five world premieres, with 19 films also making their Australian première.

The 2014 program features one of the most fabulously diverse schedules in the festival’s 21 year history, covering a wide range of LGBTIQ issues. Out in the Line-Up, The Battle of the Sexes and The Rugby Player all explore gays in sports, while the hot topic of religion takes focus in Vicky – The Gay Gene Comes to Australia. Bullying takes a heartbreaking turn in Valentine Road, a documentary about Larry King, a 15-year-old boy who was killed by another boy at school for giving him a Valentine’s Day card. Larry’s murder made international headlines and brought issues of gender expression and sexual identity of teenagers to the global spotlight.

Films direct from this year’s Berlin Film Festival include 52 Tuesdays, Quick Change and Test, with 52 Tuesdays also playing at The Sundance Film Festival this month. 2014 will also be the first time that a kids film will be screened as part of the festival, with Disney classic Beauty and The Beast, presented by Rainbow Kids and babies. There will also be four short film categories as part of the festival, including My Queer Career, Australia’s richest prize for queer short films.
 
For information about all the fabulous films, events and tickets, please visit: http://queerscreen.org.au/

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: http://queerscreen.org.au/queer-screen-film-fest-2013/