The Mardi Gras Film Festival is back bigger and bolder than ever for 2011, with Lex Lindsay again heading up a tiny team getting the very best out of a wafer-thin budget. No small task!
An engaging speaker with an obvious passion for showing our unique and diverse stories on screens as far and wide as possible, Lindsay and his crew's efforts ensure the best in LGBT films are seen on our shores, either in the captivating annual QueerDoc festival, or packing Darlinghurst's picture palaces during Mardi Gras season.
“Lex has directed four consecutive Mardi Gras Film Festivals in a row, and 2010 is his fifth," pointed out one of several Same Samers who put Lindsay up for our 25 list.
"Queerscreen operates on a shoestring budget, and Lex has managed to convert the organisation and festival into a pivotal and much anticipated element of the Mardi Gras festival. As of next year, the organisation will also be running script and film directing labs for GLBT filmmakers. Lex is fantastic. What more can I say?”
Lindsay responds to his nomination: "For me, 'Gay Cultural Activist' was a pretty bloody obscure and precise career choice, but it is what I wanted to do with my life and I feel absolutely blessed to have had many opportunities to explore this. It does come with the great irony that the ultimate goal is to put yourself out of a job, but if I've contributed to the happiness and health of my fellow queers along the way, then it is a job well worth losing."
The Same Same 25 is an annual celebration of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians. They are publicly nominated, and chosen by a panel of community leaders.
For the past two years, the announcement of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians has attracted widespread national media attention and focused on the achievements and influence of a varied and inspirational group of people.