Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters
Made by the queer film collective One in Seven and produced by Digby Duncan, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters is arguably the single most important piece of filmed gay history in Australia. What started out as video documentation of the 4th Australian Homosexual Histories Conference eventuated in capturing the first Sydney Mardi Gras protest parade on June 24, 1978. It captures not only footage of the police brutality that occurred that night, but also incorporates the reactions of the marchers involved, both that night and a few weeks on, when the dust had time to settle but their emotions and visions for activism hadn’t.
Why You Should See This Film
Notoriously difficult to see in recent years, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters has been restored by the National Film and Sound Archive to its original glory. From the urgency of the riot/parade footage to the passionate interviews of those who are proudly known as '78ers' – there's no better time to revisit our queer past and consider both how far we've come and how much further we have left to go.
- Year: 1980
- Rating: M
- Director: One in Seven Collective
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Language: English