Mardi Gras Film Festival coming to Mountains

January 16, 2016 in Annual Event, Broader Community Event, Event, News, womens event by Peter Hackney

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In a first for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – and for the Blue Mountains – this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival is coming to Katoomba.

The Festival will screen five movies over the course of three days at Katoomba’s iconic Carrington Hotel, where films will be presented in The Ballroom and in the hotel’s newest space, the Katoomba Brewing Company.

Presented in partnership with Pink Mountains, the programme will include a mixture of queer documentaries and feature films on March 11, 12 and 13. It kicks off with Remembering The Man, the new documentary about Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose tragic love story at the height of the AIDS epidemic came to prominence through the book Holding The Man and the recent film of the same name.

Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September, graphic new gay film Beautiful Something, the award-winning queer documentary Tchindas from Cape Verde, and the complex American relationship drama That’s Not Us will round out the offerings – which mark the first time any official Mardi Gras events have been held in the Blue Mountains.

The screenings are a testament to the Mountains’ growing queer community and its status as a popular destination for LGBTIQ visitors. Not only will this be the first time the Mardi Gras Film Festival holds events in the Mountains – but the first time any official Mardi Gras events have been held locally.

“It’s indicative of the burgeoning LGBTIQ community in the Mountains that Mardi Gras has decided to expand outside its Inner Sydney heartland and come to our region,” said Pink Mountains co-convenor Peter Hackney

“They’ve seen that we have a vital, rapidly growing queer scene and have responded accordingly.

“We congratulate the Mardi Gras Film Festival for thinking outside the box and we urge all local LGBTIQ people and visitors to support these film screenings wholeheartedly.”

More info and tickets to the screenings are available now at


A still from “Tchindas” 


Friday, March 11, 2016

Remembering the Man (Australia)

7pm, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

The tragic tale of star-crossed love between Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo during the AIDS epidemic is explored in this bittersweet documentary. Winner of the ‘Most Popular Documentary’ category, Adelaide Film Festival.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Liz in September (Venezuela)

6pm, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Liz, a sexy, soft-butch heartthrob, is used to getting her own way with women, and when Eva arrives in town, their fates intertwine. A delightfully rare South American lesbian film, Liz in September won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2015

Beautiful Something (USA)

8pm, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

A film about the lives of young, contemporary gay men – featuring some of the hottest sex scenes of the year. A modern day Rent for the gay men of today.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tchindas (Cape Verde)

2pm, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

On São Vicente, the second most populous island of Cape Verde, three queer artists prepare for a spectacular Carnival. Their leader is Tchinda Adrande, a trans woman who cooks for the island, teaches the children, choreographs the dances, pours the drinks and helps those in need. So beloved is Tchinda that her name has become the shorthand to refer to all members of Cape Verde’s colourful queer community. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at Outfest LA.

That’s Not Us (USA)

4pm, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Three couples – one gay, one lesbian and one straight – go on a weekend away at a beach house on Fire Island, New York. Made by real life couple Will Sullivan (director) and his partner Derek Dodge (director of photography), That’s Not Us is a movie about young gay men and women in committed relationships and achieved Official Selection at Outfest LA and the Raindance Film Festival.