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QUEER SCREEN REACHES AN EPIC MILESTONE AS THE CELEBRATIONS
FOR THE 25TH MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL ARE SET TO KICK OFF!
THIS YEAR’S MGFF EXTRAVAGANZA WILL RUN FROM THE 15TH FEBRUARY TO MARCH 1ST IN EVENT CINEMAS,
GEORGE STREET AND WILL FEATURE A DELIGHTFUL ASSORTMENT OF OVER 60 AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES, 2
WORLD PREMIERES, A BEVY OF AWARD WINNERS AND A WHOPPING 12 SHORT FILM PACKAGES.
From humble beginnings in 1993, Queer
Screen has come a long way to pioneer
Queer film visibility in Australia, providing a
vital platform for promoting the latest and
greatest LGBTIQ+ films and filmmakers.
MGFF is one of our largest film festivals and
one of the top five queer film festivals in the
2018 marks the year of Reflections and
Celebrations as Queer Screen present their
most eclectic showcase to date. Festival
Director, Lisa Rose explains “screening the
widest number of queer stories and giving
a platform to as many different queer voices
as we possibly can, particularly underrepre-
sented voices is our driving force this year
and the reason why we are showing so
many short films.”
Be sure to catch the unmissable My Queer
Career Retrospective Gala, a presentation
of the most compelling short films since
Queer Career began in 1994. The festival
will pay homage to our past, screening a
countdown of the Top 25 Films of All Time,
voted by fans and a panel of film experts.
Additionally, The What If...? Shorts brings us
5 sensational lesbian shorts. A wide range
of queer voices can be heard including gay,
lesbian, transgender, intersex, queer people
of colour, senior and differently-abled.
The Festival opens with Ideal Home, the hi-
larious dramedy starring Paul Rudd, about
an extravagant gay couple!
The Award Winning picks this season
include Call Me By Your Name, an evoca-
tive coming-of-age film with 3 academy
award nominations and the experimental
punk chick-flick, Team Hurricane which
won most innovative film award at Venice
In an ode to the classics the festival will
screen 80’s lesbian romance Desert Hearts
and British cult favourite, Young Soul
Inspiring journey It’s Not Just Me, about
female to male transition provides a rare
portrait of Aussie transgender men.
One of the documentary highlights is
the much anticipated world premiere of
Aussie doco Black Divaz, a behind-the-
scenes look at the glamourous Miss First
A focus on the same-sex marriage topic
brings the timely documentary, THE 34th
to our screens; based on the dedicated
people who fought for marriage equality
Be sure to check out Witches and Faggots,
Dykes and Poofters, dubbed by Queer
Screen as ‘one the year’s most important
films’ - it remembers the 78ers and the
brutality and events that followed our first
If you’re into Queer Supernatural Thrillers
watch out for the eerie Rift, and Jade Of
Death, a sexy and creepy Lesbian web-se-
ries. For a good laugh, grab your tickets to
the clever and hilarious, Sensitivity Training.
Joining the celebrations this year is Special
guest, Natasha Negovanlis from The
Carmilla Movie - taking part in a Q&A and
Meet & Greet session she will also host an
exclusive dinner for some lucky fans! Also
attending the festivities are British filmmaker,
Isaac Julien of iconic Young Soul Rebels, and
Will Sullivan and Derek Dodge, the talented
US writers and directors of The Ring Thing.
Two speed dating events will take place af-
ter each of the films (100 for men, Kiss Me)
so join in for some flirtatious fun at the Event
Cinema Set Bar.
The Festival closes with fabulous film Freak
Show, about being yourself no matter the
consequences. With a cameo from Bette
Midler, you can’t go wrong with this one!
With an absolute stellar line-up, the 2018
MGFF truly covers all bases, whether you like
engrossing documentaries, gay rights activ-
ism, coming-of-age tales or awe-inspiring
journeys. MGFF 2018 pays homage to an
unforgettable and colourful LGBTI+ history,
and this year ensures there is something for
Check the Queer Screen Girls Guide
and go to queerscreen.org.au for the full
Festival program. Tickets for all films are
on sale now - visit queerscreen.org.au
or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app, or
call (02) 9280 1533 to book.
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