Mardi Gras Film Festival
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Another excellent line-up of LGBTQIA movies screens at Event Cinemas George Street in February
The film festival component of Mardi Gras is always a cracker, bringing the stories of queer-identifying people from around the world to Sydney.
Highlights of the 2020 program have been announced. Unsound is an Australian movie about a deaf nighclub owner who comes out as a transgender man and begins a relationship with a guitarist.
Documentary Sid and Judy tells the Judy Garland story from the perspective of her third husband, Sid Luft. Jon Hamm reads from Luft's unpublished memoirs and Jennifer Jason Leigh supplies the voice of Garland.
Lizzie Borden, she of axe and 40 whacks infamy, is the subject of Lizzie. Chloe Sevigny takes on the title role of the woman who is an outcast in 1892 society and forms a relationship with her maid (Kristen Stewart), which has repercussions for her abusive father.
Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, Last Christmas) stars in Monsoon as a Vietnamese man returning from the UK to scatter his parents' ashes, where he meets an American (Parker Stevens). And The Shiny Shrimps, a box-office hit from France, involves a homophobic swimming champion forced to coach a flamboyantly diverse water polo team on its way to compete at the Gay Games.
Tickets for these five films are on sale now and the full program will be announced on January 8. All films will screen at Event Cinemas George Street.