Oz gay fest adds docus to slate

Event to unspool Oct. 9-11

SYDNEY — Building on the success of its annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival, Queer Screen is staging QueerDoc, the world’s first dedicated gay and lesbian documentary festival from Oct. 9-11.

The February fest has been one of Oz’s fastest growing cultural events. Queer Screen exec director Tony Grierson says ticket sales have grown from 2,000 to 16,500 over the past five years.

“The Mardi Gras Film Festival has become increasingly popular and we began to feel that some films — particularly documentaries — may not be finding their ideal audience at the main festival,” Grierson told Daily Variety.

Queer Screen, which has appointed Paul Murnane as its programmer, will screen 15 films over three days, including: “Reno Finds Her Mom,” Lydia Dean-Pilcher’s docu-drama about U.S. comedian Karen Reno’s real-life search for her mother, featuring appearances by Lily Tomlin and Mary Tyler Moore.

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