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Queer-themed film is on the bill at the annual showcase 

Queer Screen once again curates an intriguing line-up of LGBQTI-themed films and shorts as part of the 22nd Mardi Gras Film Festival, which kicks off just a few nights before the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras iteself opens. 

Opening night will see a screening of The Circle, a docudrama about a school teacher and a drag entertainer who fall in love in 1940s Switzerland and enter a lifelong union.

There will also be a strong contingent of Australian films, including the world premieres of life saver drama Drown and outback thriller All About E, the Australian premiere of Newtown confessional Skin Deep, as well as a celebration of the 45th anniversary of cult film The Set inlucing a reunion Q&A with cast and crew.

For those craving something familiar there's a chance to revisit favourites old and new with a tenth anniversary screening of Brokeback Mountain as well as a sure to be enthusiastic Frozen Sing-along.

Other films on the bill include 

Boys, a coming-of-age story about two teenagers who fall in love while training for a relay championship.

Leah, a thriller starring Gaby Hoffmann that's been dubbed a lesbian Rosemary's Baby.

Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face, a documentary about famed photographer Goldin, whose snaps of sex workers, drug users, artists and queers in the '70s, '80s and '90s influenced a generation of queer shutterbugs.

The 10 Year Plan, about gorgeous lawyer Matt (above) and his friend Brody, who make a pact to become a couple if neither finds true love in a decade – and suddenly find themselves doing everything they can to ensure it doesn't happen when the time nears.

Anita's Last Cha-Cha, a Filipino movie about a young 12-year-old who falls in love with an enigmatic older woman who lives in her town

Do I Sound Gay? a documentary designed to make you laugh as it examines the linguistics of sexuality through interviews with celebrities and experts as it follows one man's journey to change his voice.

Match starring Patrick Stewart is based on the Tony-winning play about a dance professor.

Life Partners examines the effect on the friendship between a slacker lesbian Sasha and straight high achiever Paige when the latter gets a boyfriend, starring Leighton Meester, Adam Brody and Gillian Jacobs.

Lilting casts Ben Whishaw as a grieving man who connects with his dead boyfriend's non English speaking, Cambodian-Chinese mother.

Last Weekend stars Patricia Clarkson as a matriarch gathering her family for a holiday at their lake house that swiftly spirals out of control. 

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