Directed by JEFFREY WALKER
RIOT tells the story of the courage and passion behind Australia’s first Gay and lesbian Mardi Gras. In the late 1970s when homosexuality is still a crime in Sydney, a group of activists – some friends, some lovers, some just committed to their search for equality – don fancy dress, join hands and parade down Oxford Street – unaware that angry police lie in wait and that history is about to written. Gay rights pioneer Lance Gowland, uncompromising and utterly charming, is the leader of this eclectic band that includes a passel of his lovers, a lesbian couple fighting a losing custody battle, and others. Damon Herriman is superb as Gowland, heading a marvelous ensemble cast playing the real-life figures. Walker’s spirited, moving retelling of Australia’s Stonewall crackles with energy and fiery passion, culminating in the riot that finally changed hearts and minds Down Under.