The 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival hits Sydney cinemas from February 15-29 with a gathering of 160 films spread across 77 programs.  National audiences can also stream films online, on-demand from March 1-11.

There are several disability titles making their debut this year including the Australian premiere of When Time Got Louder, a coming-of-age drama that explores the deep and enduring bond between a lesbian college student and her non-verbal autistic brother as they both strive for independence. Another film, In The Room Where He Waits, will have its world premiere at the festival and was one of the film’s shown at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in France. Starring local actor Daniel Monks, it is about a queer theatre actor who detects a lingering presence resembling his deepest fears and anxieties.

“It’s the premier LGBTIQ+ film festival in Australia, showcasing world class films that are often not available through other means,” festival director Lisa Rose told F2L. “This year we are asking people to talk all things film as we dissect over 160 films and events including film screenings, panels, performance and more.”

The films are taking place at venues including Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Cinemas Newtown, Randwick Ritz, the Sydney Opera House and the State Library of NSW.

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Photo: Screen shot from When Time Got Louder