Mardi Gras Film Festival

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Mardi Gras Film Festival
Ovarian Psycos

Lesbian and transgender movies come to the fore as the festival celebrates diverse storytelling

Ireland: once a heartland for anti-gay bigotry, now a more tolerant society where same-sex marriage is enshrined in law. And also, a hotbed for queer cinema.

Indeed, both the opening and closing night films for this year's Mardi Gras Film Festival are Irish – a testament to the quality of the local film industry.

Opening night film A Date for Mad Mary is a likeable coming of age story about a young girl released from prison who clicks with a spunky photographer. Closing night's is Handsome Devil, a comedy in which two outsiders at a sport-oriented boys' school find common ground.

In between there are gay, lesbian, bi and transgender stories, a Rainbow Families screening of Finding Dory, gay and lesbian shorts, documentaries, talks, and a sing-a-long screening of the Doris Day camp classic Calamity Jane (1953). 

Festival director Paul Struthers notes that this year has seen an increase in the number of lesbian and transgender-themed films programmed – a welcome development.


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