1978: new musical film based on the birth of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

1978 will bring the story of the first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney to life, with singing and dancing to boot.

Bronte Pictures has announced the development of a new musical feature film titled 1978, written by renowned screenwriter Pete McTighe. The film takes inspiration from the birth of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and reimagines its key moments in musical form, promising a big screen experience for audiences.

The story is set in Kings Cross and follows the lead up to the first Mardi Gras parade – exploring the community response, the infamous riots, and the internal conflict within the LGBTQIA+ community. At its heart, 1978 is ‘a coming-of-age love story’, set against the backdrop of a major civil rights milestone.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports