First slate of Mardi Gras Film Festival movies announced

First slate of Mardi Gras Film Festival movies announced

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:59 Written by // Cec Busby

Audiences can expect a slew of queer flavoured flicks when Mardi Gras Film Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary in February.

From bio pics to documentaries and coming of age stories, the 2014 Mardi Gras Film Festival has plenty to offer fans of queer cinema.

Mardi Gras Film Festival director, Paul Struthers, announced a teaser slate of ten films at a special screening of Kill Your Darlings in Sydney on December 4. Struthers said the festival program reflected the many facets of the queer community and celebrated the festival coming of age.

“Turning 21 is a huge achievement for an event that has come from such humble beginnings. To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to deliver a program that truly captures the many facets and realities of LGBTIQ communities – both today and throughout history,” said Struthers.

“From the funny, spirited and fabulous to the poignant, confronting and sometimes heartbreaking – we’ll be bringing audiences a very real and rounded snapshot of LGBTIQ themes, stories and films from across the globe. Get ready to experience a massive celebration of pride, creativity and culture under one roof next February.”

So what can audiences expect?  Documentaries about transgender porn stars, biopics of famous lesbian poets, evocative coming-of-age dramas and witty indie teen comedies are amongst the first ten offerings.

Highlights include: GBF, a new comedy from Jawbreaker director Darren Stein featuring Will & Grace fave Megan Mullally. Billed as an hilarious gay teen comedy about being “outed” the cast also cast includes Rebecca Gayheart and Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black).

Kicking off the festival on opening night is the Australian premiere of Reaching for the Moon, a biographical drama directed by Oscar-nominated Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto. Set in Petrópolis during the fifties and starring Australian actress Miranda Otto, the film chronicles the love affair between acclaimed American poet Elizabeth Bishop and famed Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Transgender activist and porn pioneer, Buck Angel will be appearing at the festival.  Angel is the subject of Mr Angel – an uplifting and empowering documentary that chronicles the childhood, modeling career and extraordinary journey of one of the world’s most unlikely political heroes.

Another highlight is the coming of age tale, Five Dances. Directed in collaboration with groundbreaking choreographer Jonah Bokaer and co-starring Australian dancer Reed Luplau (formerly of Sydney Dance Company), the film tells the story of Chip, a gifted teen dancer who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and first-love when he joins a contemporary dance company in New York.

Mardi Gras Film Festival will run from Thursday February 13 to Sunday February 23 2014 at Event Cinemas George Street. Tickets for the ten teaser films are on sale now. Buy tickets

Image: Reaching for the Moon



Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and

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