For those who have seen Latter Days, the movie, you know why I have seen it a million times.

It was one of the first -˜gay movies’ I saw.  Before then I thought that gay movies were just a polite way of saying porn; although some I have seen aren’t far from it!

Over the years I have seen so many movies. My flatmate and I have two bookcases filled with DVDs.   I’m a bit of a sucker for a love story. With a little bit of romance I tend to cry.  Seeing on screen two men going in for the big kiss makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Two of my favourites are Summer Storm and more recently Shelter.  I have always had a thing for surfie boys, so Shelter was right up my alley.

In previous years these movies have been screened through the Mardi Gras Queer Screen Festival.

I am looking forward to what this year’s season will bring. I have seen the shorts for some really good ones, although my personal selection for -˜must see’ are The Art of Being Straight and Were the World Mine.

Again this year Queer Screen and Riverside Theatre have joined to bring the best of the best to the West. With a selection of movie titles, not to mention live theatre and drag workshops, there is so much going on. For this year’s Mardi Gras season, Parramatta is the place to be in Western Sydney.

For parents of small children there’s the Queer Screen Crèche on Saturday 28 February.  You see a movie while professionals look after the kids. With sessions starting from 11:30am and 3pm it’s a perfect time to get out and see a movie.

For more information about what’s on at Riverside Theatre during Mardi Gras go to or for Queer Screen everywhere go to

For information about groups, services or community events in Western Sydney, contact Matt Vaughan at ACON on 9206 2064 or [email protected]

Matt Vaughan is the Community Development and Liaison Officer for the ACON Western Sydney Community Development Team.

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