Lesbian nuns and homosexual troopers: eight motion pictures to be careful for on the 2022 Mardi Gras Movie Competition


There’s one thing for everybody on this yr’s program, taking part in out in cinemas or streaming on-line from Thursday 17 February to Thursday 3 March. Even higher, we’ve matched every of our high picks with a movie that we expect pairs properly with it from our Rainbow Pride Collection right here at SBS On Demand too.

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One factor you recognize you’re by no means gonna get with Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s movies is bored. From eye-popping sci-fi classics together with Whole Recall, Starship Troopers and Robo Cop, to that Sharon Stone shot in erotic thriller Primary Intuition, to Isabelle Huppert on the helm in button-pushing revenge fantasy Elle, he’s all the time setting cats amongst the pigeons. So all we’ll say about his newest providing is it’s a historic drama replete with lesbian nuns, blasphemous dildos and a plague.

Pair it with Disobedience at SBS On Demand


Nice Freedom

‘Nice Freedom’.
Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

When the allies swept into Berlin on the finish of WWII and crushed the Nazis’ final stand, not everybody who remained in what would change into West Germany loved ‘liberation’. Punitive regulation Paragraph 175 continued for use as a device with which to persecute males who’ve intercourse with different males. Austrian director Sebastian Meise’s non-linear drama depicting one defiant man’s frequent rebellious internments in jail for stated act shines vibrant due to Franz Rogowski’s central flip that helped the movie safe the Un Sure Regard prize at Cannes.

Pair it with Cut Snake at SBS On Demand.



Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

Some of the visually lush feasts your eye will take in all yr, Horacio Alcalá’s stunning movie centres round a group of muxes, the recognised third gender of the Indigenous Zapotec peoples of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Noé Hernández’s efficiency as one of many group’s most proficient creators of latest spins on conventional trend is mesmerising. A magical realist surprise, there’s additionally a really socially sensible plotline involving Andrea Guasch as a trend trade grunt despatched to tear off their concepts and report again to her abusive boss.

Pair it with brief movie Tomgirl at SBS On Demand.



Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

The truth that Philippe Talavera’s heart-soaring romance is the primary queer movie to emerge from Namibia is value celebrating in and of itself. It’s additionally a superb watch, largely due to its charismatic leads. Adriano Visagie performs George, an unashamedly out workplace employee who pursues romance with Simon Hanga’s way more reserved market stall holder Simeon after a drunken evening within the form of bar the place everybody turns a blind eye. Although it tackles the realities of gay criminalisation and the HIV/AIDS stigma head-on, it’s by no means lower than effervescent.

Pair it with Tu Me Manques at SBS on Demand


No Straight Strains: The Rise of Queer Comics

‘No Straight Strains: The Rise of Queer Comics’.
Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

Alison Bechdel is a supremely proficient individual. Not solely is she the beloved creator of seminal graphic novel Enjoyable Residence, depicting her popping out as a lesbian and her fractious relationship along with her father, however she additionally coined the well-known take a look at to measure the feminist cred of any given movie. Bechdel’s simply one of many cool queer creators altering comics from the margins, then the very centre, on this fabulous doco from director Vivian Kleiman.

Pair it with Booksmart at SBS On Demand.


Hating Peter Tatchell

‘Hating Peter Tatchell’.
Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

Whereas we’re on a doco kick, check out this riveting portrait of the relentless and unapologetic homosexual rights activist born in Melbourne, however who made his identify on the streets of London after shifting there, at 19, in 1971. Railing in opposition to homophobic injustices perpetrated by the likes of Margaret Thatcher and dictator Robert Mugabe, he was prepared to take a bashing many times to get his level throughout (and into the nightly information). Good pals Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry throw largely softball questions, nevertheless it’s ace nonetheless.

Pair it with Pride at SBS On Demand.


The Retreat

‘The Retreat’.
Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

In the event you’re hankering for a fright evening out, then sink your tooth into this slasher as a lesbian couple (Tommie-Amber Pirie and Sarah Allen) heads to a cabin within the woods to try to rescue their floundering relationship. What might probably go flawed? Seems fairly much more than a attainable break-up in Pat Mills’ gloriously blood-thirsty romp that has enjoyable choosing at its personal well-worn tropes. You possibly can relaxation assured that resilient lesbians below assault aren’t your typical horror film gore-fodder.

Pair it with Good Manners at SBS On Demand.



Supply: Manufacturing Queer Display

Truthful warning, if you happen to guide a ticket to filmmaker Oliver Hermanus’s unflinching take a look at the unforgiving surroundings for closeted homosexual troopers through the South African Border Warfare, put together to pack loads of tissues. So named after the Afrikaans slur for “faggot”, you’ll be able to guess how powerful a time it’s going to be for 18-year-old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brümmer) when he’s drafted into the maddening battle. Robust however sensible stuff.

Pair it with Rurangi at SBS On Demand.

For more information on the Queer Display Mardi Gras Movie Competition program, head here. And take a look at the Rainbow Pride Collection at SBS On Demand.


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