Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part One)

Though I thought I knew pretty much everything about Number 96, the Australian television drama/comedy from the 1970s, I learned a lot more on Thursday night.

As part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, a group of friends and I went to the screening of a documentary about the significance of the television program for its portrayal of LGBTQIA+ characters, a Q&A with Joe Hasham who played the groundbreaking character, Don Finlayson, and a special mash-up episode of the program focussing on both LGBTQIA+ themes, and the program’s great comedy.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part One)”

Number 96 Turns Forty

“The thing I’m most proud about Number 96 is that it saved lives”, David Sale told us at tonight’s fortieth-anniversary screening of the legendary Australian television show. As the creator of the show, and as a gay man, he was speaking about the impact of the program’s character, Don Finlayson, on the large number of young gay men who watched the show, like me, as teenagers.… Read the rest “Number 96 Turns Forty”