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Lesbian Buddy Movies

A single girl's Valentine's Day antidote.


Angry Indian Goddesses

If you’re sick of hearing those two words (“Valentine’s Day”) don’t worry, we have the antidote. Come check out a lesbian buddy movie over the first weekend of the Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival.

We all know, deep down, that BFFs are more important than lovers anyway, right? Right?

Angry Indian Goddesses (Thursday, February 16, 7pm) starts out as a cheeky buddy movie when a group of women are called to their friend's house in Goa. They correctly guess she’s getting married, but the bigger surprise is to whom. When the impending same sex marriage gets them thinking about injustice, sexism and inequality, the audience is in for a surprise as the mood shifts dramatically.

A defiant powerhouse of a film, Angry Indian Goddesses explores the realities women in modern India – especially queer women – face. The seven friends in the film will get under your skin.

In Burn Burn Burn (Friday, February 17, 9pm), emotionally stunted lesbian Alex (Chloe Pirrie, Youth) arrives back from a funeral to find some serious cheating going down (and we mean going down) on the home front. That explains why her girlfriend didn’t show up to the wake ...

Alex and her mate Seph had just watched a video recording their BFF Dan made before he died – bequeathing them his ashes and asking they be scattered across England. Suddenly a road trip doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Burn Burn Burn is a wonderful black comedy about friendship as Dan cleverly sets Alex and Seph free – as they do, him.  

Women Who Kill (Saturday, February 18, 9pm) is a wry and witty American independent film. Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann of webseries The Slope fame) and Jean (Ann Carr) used to be a couple and now co-host a podcast about serial killers. As you do. When Morgan starts dating the mysterious Simone, she starts to think her new love might also be a serial killer. (As you do?).

It doesn’t help that Jean agrees, or that Morgan’s only other confidante is also in prison for murder. What plays out is like a who-done-it mystery, complete with red herrings and coincidences that lure us all in. Drawing on shadowy bits of modern romance and all that is unknown in a new relationship, Women Who Kill gets a lot of laughs out of suspicion and paranoia.

Round out the fiction with the all-too-real lives of the women in Ovarian Psycos (Sunday February 19, 7.15pm). A fascinating documentary, it tells the empowering story of The Ovarian Psycos (sic), a crew of women of colour who cycle around the rough streets of Eastside LA, creating a safe space for others and, ultimately, themselves.

Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival opens on February 15 and runs until March 2 at Event Cinemas in George Street, Sydney. The best of the festival will screen in the Blue Mountains, Parramatta and Canberra in March and April. Tickets are available here

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