NFSA Restores: Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters

12 November
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10

Digitally restored by our NFSA Restores program in 2018, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters (One in Seven Collective, produced by Digby Duncan, 1980), tells a history of the events surrounding the first Mardi Gras through interviews with those who were there (now called 'the 78ers').  

The first Mardi Gras took place in very different circumstances to how the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is celebrated today. In 1978, male homosexuality was a criminal offence in NSW and police harassment of gays was all too common.

The march (a Mardi Gras) was organised to celebrate International Gay Solidarity Day. The police objected to the march and violence broke out – 53 people were arrested.

Join us after the screening for a Q&A session via zoom in Arc Cinema with producer Digby Duncan and Robyn Plaister, a 78er who appears in the film.

‘An incredibly well-crafted film … a reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we haven’t’ – 

Please note: our new café The Curators by Daana will be open during this event, celebrating a soft launch and serving coffee, cold drinks, popcorn, wedges and samosas. No alcohol will be available for sale as the liquor licence is still pending approval.



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