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5 Must-Sees At The Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen’s Festival Director, Lisa Rose, tells us about the must-see films for City Hub readers at the upcoming Mardi Gras Film Festival.

My Queer Career

This is the night of nights for emerging queer filmmakers and it always sells out fast! My Queer Career is Australia’s richest queer short film prize with over $16,000 worth of cash and support to be won. This year, there are eight magnificent finalists. Animations, coming-of-age tales, comedy, documentaries and more are vying for the crown. It’s not to be missed!

Romp

This is a fantastic, homegrown Aussie queer episodic absolutely brimming with heart. It follows three queer housemates on their search for love. Set in Sydney’s very own Newtown, it is a wild, fun, chaotic and entertaining ride. Join us for Romp’s World Premiere – with the filmmakers and cast on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

 

Manscaping

Sydney’s own Naked Barber, a trans barber, and a Black American visual artist, together with filmmaker Broderick Fox, address how queer folks have been othered in traditionally barbershops and explore what queer alternatives would be like. Watch them build safe spaces for queer folks to bare their souls (and bodies) through art, kink-play and open conversations.

 

Bound

It’s time to revisit this butch/femme classic that opened the Mardi Gras Film Festival 25 years ago! You know you want to. Throw it back to the 90s and wear your toughest Corky cosplay, or channel the skimpiest, bustiest Violet we’ve ever seen to celebrate Tilly, Gershon and the Wachowskis AND have a chance to win a prize for best dressed!

 

Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Seyran Ateş is leading a sexual revolution within Islam. Despite being shot at, this Turkish-German lawyer is creating a world where sexuality and the Islamic faith can coexist without conflict. This controversial documentary highlights the immense courage it takes to go against the grain and stand up for what you believe in.

 

Queer Screen’s 29th Mardi Gras Film Festival runs from 17 February to 3 March. Tickets for all films and Festival Passes are on sale now at www.queerscreen.org.au

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