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Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras

  • Carriageworks 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, NSW, 2015 Australia (map)


Conversations inspired by the stories told in the film BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo

Moderated by Nell Schofield, with panelists Philippe Mangeot, Maxime Forest, Bridget Haire and Lyle Chan.

When the AIDS crisis hit, LGBTQI communities around the world were changed forever. Groups like ActUp! mobilized themselves with radical tactics to fight for our lives against hostile attitudes and governments. This panel will bring together Australian and French perspectives on the AIDS crisis, and how the lasting effects of AIDS activism is still felt today in fighting for the rights of all LGBTQI people.

This panel will feature the co-screenwriter of BPM (Beats Per Minute) Philippe Mangeot sharing some key scenes from the film and recounting his own experience as President of ActUp! Paris in the 90s.

The Acacia Quartet will also feature and perform live, playing an excerpt of Lyle Chan’s work, the AIDS Memoir Quartet, a musical reflection on Chan’s experience as an activist during the crisis.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) will be screening at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival and the Mardi Gras Film Festival. 

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screenings are here, and the Mardi Gras Film Festival screening is here.

This panel is proudly presented in partnership with the French Embassy and the Alliance Française French Film Festival, with the support of the Institut Français. The talk is part of the French Australian Conversations series.

Earlier Event: January 28
National Library of Australia
Later Event: March 9
Orange Regional Conservatorium