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First Ten Films Announced in 2015 Mardi Gras Film Festival


Thu 19 Feb 2015, 7:00pm–11:30pm
Thu 5 Mar 2015, 7:00pm–11:30pm

Where: Event Cinemas, 505–525 George Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $19.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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A sexy Sydney DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected māhū (transgender) teacher in Honolulu, are just some of the richly diverse and captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for Mardi Gras Film Festival 2015.

Tickets for ten tantalising teaser films went on sale today and if the first ten films are anything to go by, this is going to be one of the most enthralling program line-ups in 22 years of the Festival.

From Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015 at Event Cinemas George Street, the Festival will showcase a wide range of passionate LGBTIQ cinema, both contemporary and classical, and from all corners of the globe. Amongst the teaser films alone, there are a number of premieres, award-winners and an Oscar contender.

Opening the Festival will be the Swiss entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2015, The Circle. Part love story, part thriller and all astonishingly true, this docudrama tells the story of Ernst and Robi, a school teacher and drag entertainer and their decades-long romance after they meet through Zurich’s gay publication ‘The Circle’ (‘Der Kreis’) in the 1940s. The film also won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, as well as the Panorama Audience Award.

Friday 20 Feb will be a night for the boys. Screenings include Boys, a tender coming-of-age drama from The Netherlands about two teenagers whose relationship blossoms when they are paired together for relay training; and The 10 Year Plan, about best mates Brody and Myles. One is a hot cop, while the other is a handsome lawyer. This odd couple makes a pact to get married in ten years’ time if Grindr still hasn’t managed to find them their Mr. Right.

Don’t worry girls, you won’t be left out! Screening on the same night will be the ‘lesbian love story of the Festival’, called Tru Love. Named one of the Top Ten Movies of 2013 by Huffington Post, UK, Tru Love is about Alice, a beautiful widow who has come to spend some time with her busy corporate lawyer daughter, Suzanne. Then she meets Tru, a commitment-phobe who has had a complicated past with Suzanne. Tensions escalate when the bond between Alice and Tru becomes stronger and more intimate.

If you’re in the mood for a Friday night thriller, rather than romance, then Lyle is the film for you. Starring actress of the moment, Gaby Hoffmann, (Girls, Louie, Obvious Child, Transparent), Lyle has been described as “a lesbian Rosemary’s Baby.” Hoffmann plays a pregnant woman whose first child dies under mysterious circumstances while she’s pregnant with her second. As she spends more time in her beautiful apartment alone, her paranoia begins to unravel in an alarming fashion. Lyle also shone at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her performance.

Meet some fun and fruity characters from around the world on Saturday 21 Feb as the Mardi Gras Film Festival takes you to some exotic new locations. Be transported to the sunny countryside of the Philippines in Anita’s Last Cha-Cha, told through the eyes of 12-year-old Anita, who falls in love with a much older woman in town called Pilar. Anita’s Last Cha-Cha took home the awards for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the CineFilipino Film Festival in 2013.

There will also be a new collection of great international gay shorts including hilarious comedy Wham, Bam Mr. Pam about a former Catholic schoolgirl who becomes a superstar director of gay porn. Australia’s biggest queer short film prize, My Queer Career, is also back.