PULP RANKED: 5 Queer Films to Watch While You Recover From Mardi Gras
By Madeline Ward
It’s the evening after Gay Christmas, and the majority of Sydney’s Queer population is hungover, coming down, or both. Though I commend those brave souls that are venturing out into the wilderness for round two this evening, this list is for those of you that have just woken up and need a wholesome night in to recover from the debauchery of Mardi Gras. Pop a Berocca and settle in with one of these Queer classics.
5. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
The idea of not including Priscilla on this list feels vaguely homophobic. Priscilla is to Mardi Gras what Love, Actually is to Christmas: highly entertaining, absolutely iconic, and a little bit problematic. I love it anyway.
4. Pride (2014)
Pride is the story of the activist group “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” and their relationship with a small mining town in Wales, after fundraising in aid of the miners’ strike in 1984. It is the SWEETEST and most WHOLESOME film in the whole world. Recommended watching for enthusiasts of unions and those that hate Margaret Thatcher.
3. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
But I’m a Cheerleader is part satire, part romantic comedy about a young woman who is sent to a conversion therapy camp when her family suspect she might be gay. Though the subject matter in any other context would be highly distressing, But I’m a Cheerleader is an intelligent, informed and incredibly funny satire that has rightly earned cult film status.
2. Moonlight (2016)
This film dominated the 2017 awards season for good reason: Moonlight is a magnificent coming of age, a truly groundbreaking representation of black masculinity and queer experience. It’s also breathtakingly beautiful.
1. Riot (2018)
Riot is a history of the Gay Liberation movement in Australia through the 1970’s, leading up to the first Mardi Gras of 1978. Originally screened on the ABC, Riot is equal parts inspiring and devastating, and a pertinent reminder of the struggle for Queer liberation as it continues today.