The jaffas and popcorn were flowing at the launch of the Mardi Gras Film Festival on Tuesday night.

Queer Screen manager Lex Lindsay introduced the festival which this year includes Madonna’s Filth and Wisdom and the acclaimed romantic comedy about gay adoption, Patrick, Age 1.5.
This year’s festival is composed with this idea of a folklore reformation. That our mythology, our mysticism and our heritage can be told and retold with a queer flavour on the menu, Lindsay said.

Our four centrepiece screenings each highlight an element of mysticism, and social mythology, queered. Twenty percent of the takings from these centrepiece screenings will be donated to a local GLBT charity including Twenty10, Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, the Stephen Cummins Film Trust and ACON’s Lesbian Health Project.

The festival opens on Friday, February 13 with My Queer Career at City Recital Hall. Australia’s most prestigious queer short film competition, My Queer Career this year features works by Brendan Cook and Mick Elliot, Adam Lemmey, Aimee Knight, Tonnette Stanford, Chris Scherer, Tony Radevski, Teagan McCarthy and Tim Slade.

info: The Mardi Gras Film Festival runs February 13 – March 5 this year at venues in the city, Newtown, Randwick and the Riverside Theatre at Parramatta. Bookings can be made at www.queerscreen.com.au. the Mardi Gras Film Festival Guide is on the street now, or available for download at www.queerscreen.com.au or www.starobserver.com.au.
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