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Aus­tralia’s LGBT his­tory gets thrown onto the bar­bie in a film sim­i­lar in tone to last year’s “BPM.” Con­fronta­tional Lance Gow­land (Da­mon Her­ri­man) falls in love with the more con­ser­va­tive Dr. Jim Walker (Xavier Sa­muel). Lead­ing the les­bians is out­spo­ken Marg Mc­Mann (Kate Box). Their per­sonal dra­mas are set within the larger con­text of the po­lit­i­cal move­ment be­tween 1972 and 1978. It builds to the first Gay Mardi Gras in Syd­ney, which the po­lice turn into the riot of the ti­tle. The main char­ac­ters are real peo­ple who were in­volved in cre­at­ing the event, which has con­tin­ued an­nu­ally ever since.

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