Friends of Dorothy
Australia | Director Martin Fox | 58 Minutes + Short Film
This is the second film in as many years from Sydney-based photographer and multi-media performer, William Yang. His previous film, William Yang: My Generation, premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2013 to sellout crowds. Now the Mardi Gras Film Festival is thrilled to present the world premiere of his next autobiographical feature, William Yang: Friends of Dorothy.
William Yang has been a constant, smiling presence in Sydney’s LGBT community for four decades, observing and capturing the swirling social whirl around him with the quiet skill of a wildlife photographer. More than any other artist, his photographs have faithfully chronicled the history and character of queer Sydney’s people, places…and parties!
Featuring more than 650 of his own photographs, and his trademark understated narration, Yang tells his personal tales. As our tour guide, William take us through the history of Sydney’s queer community – from the gay underground of the late 60s to the beginnings of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the AIDS crisis of the 80s, the party scene of the 90s and beyond.
With many never before seen images, this film will be a trip down memory lane for some and a history lesson for others. Either way, it’s a fascinating look at queer Sydney through the lens of one man.
The short film O Pacote (The Package) will precede Friends of Dorothy
Produced by Felix Media, in association with ACON and School of the Arts and Media, UNSW.
Join us for the World Premiere fundraiser for ACON, tickets are $50, which includes the screening, an after party and a double pass to Bingay.
Please note: Flexis are not valid for this session.