The Best of Queer Screen

Elizabeth Green

 

Not sure what to watch at this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival? With 120 films showcased this year, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve got recommendations from the festival’s director herself, so you know you’ll only be watching the best of the best.

 

So that you can say you watched it first

Night Comes On

— Sun 24th Feb 7:30pm

A film that shows that there’s more to the queer experience than same sex attraction. Follow the journey of Angel as she readjusts to life on the outside after a year in prison. A queer story without the romance, this film is part heart-warming drama, part revenge plot. According to Festival Director Lisa Rose ‘a top quality, suspenseful drama.’

 

 

That one film everyone’s been talking about

Rafiki

— Thurs 28th Feb 7:00pm

Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to ever be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and was promptly banned in its home country due to its ‘clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya’, where homosexuality is illegal. Rafiki explores the love between Kena and Ziki, despite politics and family pressures. Rafiki will bring a powerful close to this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival.

 

 

If you want a familiar face

Mapplethorpe 

— Sat 16th Feb 6:30pm

— Fri 22nd Feb 8:30pm

You thought Matt Smith’s Doctor Who was queer? How about gay icon Robert Mapplethorpe? A tribute to the man who captured the beauty found in queer individuals, this award winning explores both Mapplethorpe’s artistry and his sexuality as he struggles to achieve fame and recognition for his work.

 

 

Real Queer Life

Man Made 

— Sat 16th Feb 6:00pm

Sexy, strong, shirtless men? Yes. Stories of the resilience and strength of the trans community? Double yes. In what Lisa Rose called ‘one of the feel-good films of the festival’, discover what makes a man as you watch four men prepare for the only body building competition for trans men.

 

 

If you want to be challenged

Consequences

— Sun 17th Feb 8:00pm

— Mon 25th Feb 6:30pm

‘If you like hard hitting films, then you’ll love this,’ according to Lisa Rose. Hyper masculinity and homophobia are put under the lens in ‘Consequences’, a film which follows a young Andrej’s journey to a youth detention centre. Overwhelming in it’s energy, and unapologetic in its examination of adolescence for gay men.