Worldwide icon-chevron-right South Pacific icon-chevron-right Australia icon-chevron-right Sydney icon-chevron-right Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Film, Film festivals Event Cinemas - George Street , Sydney Until Thursday February 28 2019
Mapplethorpe
Photograph: Supplied Mapplethorpe

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 highlight, bringing the stories of queer-identifying people from around the world to Sydney, and the 2019 lineup is no exception. There are 120 narrative features, documentaries and short films from around the world on the schedule, including five world premieres and 75 Australian premieres.

Opening night film Giant Little Ones from Canada is a high school coming-out tale with a twist – its hero, Franky (Josh Wiggins), might not be gay at all, as he’s still figuring it out. Closing night gala Rafiki is from Kenya – a tender lesbian love story that has sadly been banned in its own country.

Former Doctor Who and star of The Crown, Matt Smith, takes on the role of the great photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whose beautiful and frequently erotic photographic portraits stunned the art world before his untimely death and beyond, in the biopic Mapplethorpe.

Documentary Man Made tackles Trans FitCon, America’s bodybuilding competition for men of trans experience, and follows four competitors on their journey.

Fans of the podcast You Must Remember This will love Scotty and Secret History of Hollywood, the memoirs of Hollywood gigolo and pimp Scotty Bowers, 95, who serviced both men and women during the 1950s and beyond. In that vein, a new doco on famously closeted Hollywood star, Making Montgomery Clift, will screen.

There’s also a fiery lesbian romance Eva and Candela from Colombia; a feminist retelling of the life of poet Emily Dickinson in Wild Nights With Emily; and Hugh Grant in a restored version of 1987 Merchant Ivory film Maurice, based on EM Forster’s long-repressed gay novel.

All films will screen at Event Cinemas George Street.

    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
    • Event Cinemas - George Street $17.90-$19.90 Book online
LiveReviews|0
1 person listening