The 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras just got bigger with a teaser announcement of what to expect at the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF).
It will be MGFF’s 25th birthday next year and organizers have promised lots of surprises for moviegoers.
Run by Queer Screen, MGFF is slated as ’a celebratory festival to pay homage to our history and look defiantly towards the future’.
The 2018 MGFF will occur in the context of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the aftermath of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
‘When these two momentous events collide, what else could we do but shine?’ said festival director Lisa Rose.
‘Queer Screen’s values – diversity, creativity, inspiration, inclusiveness and pride – have guided us through the last 25 years of producing film festivals for LGBTIQ communities and current circumstances mean they are now more valid than ever.
‘We are delighted to be presenting our silver jubilee festival in what we hope will be the year when same sex marriage becomes law.’
The festival will pay homage to Mardi Gras with a screening of a fully restored version of the renown documentary, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters. The documentary is about the 78ers, the group of protesters whose march for equality morphed into one of the biggest gay and lesbian parades in the world.
‘We are proud to digitally preserve and restore Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters. Our NFSA Restores program ensures that important films such as this are preserved at the highest standards, making them available to cinema audiences once again,’ said Gayle Lake, senior film curator at the National Film and Sound Archive.
The 2018 lineup includes an impressive list of international movies, including Signature Move, the most played lesbian film on the LGBT festival circuit this year.
A multicultural rom-com, it’s about Zaynab, a Pakistani-American lawyer whose mother wants nothing more than for her daughter to find a husband and experience the love and happiness she once had. But Zaynab has other ideas and escapes to the world of Mexican lucha libre women’s wrestling instead.
To see the list of the first 10 movies announced visit: www.queerscreen.org.au