Sydney’s LGBTQIA+-focused late-summer and early-autumn film festival is back for 2024 with 161 movies and events.
When the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras arrives each year, it fills the Harbour City with LGBTQIA+ celebrations, including in the New South Wales capital’s cinemas. Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival doesn’t just confine its movie love to the big screen, however. And, when it hits streaming as well, it isn’t solely about Sydney audiences. That’s the case again in 2024, with 161 titles showing both in picture palaces and via nationwide small-screen sessions.
In its 31st year, MGFF is running in two parts: as a physical fest from Thursday, February 15–Thursday, February 29 at venues around Sydney, then online across the country from Friday, March 1–Monday, March 11. The IRL component has a date with Event Cinemas George Street and Hurstville, Ritz Cinemas Randwick, Dendy Newtown, the Bearded Tit, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, the Sydney Opera House, the State Library of NSW and Westpac OpenAir Cinema. The at-home section is headed to your couch, of course.
Attendees venturing out of the house can kick off MGFF with opening night’s Femme, which stars Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Culprits) and George MacKay (1917) in a British neo-noir thriller about a drag performer seeking revenge after an attack. Then, after launching in 2023 with Australian director Goran Stolevski’s coming-of-age film Of an Age, the fest will close in 2024 with the filmmaker’s Housekeeping for Beginners.
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