As the country prepares for the most fabulous event on the LGBTQI calendar, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, World Movies brings you a marathon of films that celebrate the joys of queer sexuality.
Sunday 28 February 3.00pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Holiday (2014, Ecuador)
Juan Pablo, 16, travels to the remote family hacienda in the Andes, where his uncle, involved in a corruption scandal, has taken refuge with his wife and teenage children. It is the carnival holiday of 1999, days before the collapse of Ecuador’s banking system. There, Juan Pablo meets Juano, an enigmatic, self-assured black-metal fan from the nearby pueblo, who opens his eyes to a new, liberating universe. As his country and family heads for the abyss, the boys’ budding friendship develops into a fragile romance, and Juan Pablo is forced to define himself against his chaotic surroundings.
Sunday 28 February 4.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Xenia (2014, Greece)
The Greek Submission for the 2016 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Xenia follows two young brothers in search of their birth father across the colourful landscape of Greece. After the death of their mother, sixteen-year-old Dany leaves Crete to join his older brother, Odysseas, who lives in Athens. Born from an Albanian mother and a Greek father they never met, the two brothers, strangers in their own country, decide to go to Thessaloniki to look for their father and force him to officially recognise them. At the same time in Thessaloniki, is held the selection for the cult show, “Greek Star.” Dany dreams that his brother Odysseas, a gifted singer, could become the new star of the contest, in a country that refuses to accept them.
Sunday 28 February 6.50pm (Australian Television Premiere)
All About E (2015, Australia)
E, a sexy Sydney DJ with a world of women at her feet, feels she is missing something. When she and gay best friend Matt stumble on a stash of cash, they hit the road on the run from crooks in search of a new life and possibly a lost love. Heading for safety in the bush, and to Trish, the one girl who broke her heart, E has to find the strength to face her demons, and come out to her migrant family.
Sunday 28 February 8.30pm
The Duke Of Burgundy (2014, United Kingdom)
When butterfly collector Cynthia hires a new housekeeper, Evelyn, the relationship soon turns sexual. In time, their role-playing transforms Evelyn from employee to personal slave – even though she’s the real boss.