Women, Film and Independence in the 21st Century

Date/Time: Thu 22 Feb / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

School of Media, Film and Journalism

Public Forum

Women, Film and Independence in the 21st Century

Australia has a proud history of women’s filmmaking. The 2018 Melbourne Women in Film Festival opens with Shirley Barrett’s defiantly individual Love Serenade (1996) (written, directed, produced, lensed, and edited by women). To help celebrate this Australian classic and many new films by Australian women filmmakers MWFF is bringing to the big screen, we invite a panel of filmmakers, academics and industry representatives to reflect on the meaning of independence for women making screen content today. What are the current issues and factors that impact on the shaping of women’s independent filmmaking? What kinds of interventions and cinematic processes of transformation are women filmmakers performing today? How are trade agreements, digital modes of distribution, and the current Australian screen funding frameworks impacting on opportunities for women in our screen industries?

TICKETS: FREE ticketed seats, to book visit https://www.acmi.net.au/events/women-film-and-independence-21st-century/


Guest Facilitator: Jodi Brooks: Senior lecturer in Film Studies at UNSW; has published widely on feminist film theory, spectatorship and performance. Santilla Chingaipe An award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker; her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics.

Lisa French
Professor and Dean of the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University; co-author of Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute (2009 & 2014), and
Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia (2003).

Margot Nash
Screenwriter and director with a background as a cinematographer, a film editor and an actor. Her award-winning feature documentary The Silences (2015) is screening at MWFF , followed by QandA with Margot.

Claire Perkins
Senior lecturer in Film Studies at Monash University; author of American Smart
Cinema (2012) and co-author of Indie Reframed: Women’s Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema (2016).

Kristy Matheson
Senior film programmer at ACMI and 2017 recipient of The Natalie Miller Fellowship.

Thursday 22nd February

3:00pm – 5:00pm

ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

For enquiries, please contact Therese Davis at Therese.Davis@monash.edu

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