Cinema Ventures is a not-for-profit organisation which creates film events around subjects vital to progressing the cultural life of Brisbane.
From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November, Cinema Ventures, in conjunction with Antidote Films, Griffith Film School and Screen Queensland, is proudly presenting a showcase of films made by Australian women directors.
This is a great opportunity to pay tribute to some of Australia's most loved filmmakers and consider how we can make a change to the current situation of female directors rarely getting the opportunity to direct blockbusters (Patty Jenkins directing 2017's Wonder-Woman being an exception). The ongoing issue of women directors not receiving equal budgets and equal billing has been well publicised in recent years, as has the lack of strong female characters in Hollywood blockbusters, but did you known Australia women directors have been making movies about 'female superheroes' for decades!
This festival celebrating Australian Women Directors, will set the record straight with three days of screenings with special guests!
Here's what you can look forward to!
LOOK BOTH WAYS intro by special guest
'Look Both Ways' sees a young Justine Clarke faced with the hard emotional demands of modern life, and how we can find our centre through the sticky bogs of grief – if only we stop running.
BLACK PANTHER WOMAN intro by special guest
Saturday afternoon opens with the explosive 'Black Panther Woman' – a true story about Aunty Marlene Cummins' relationship with the leader of Australia's Black Panther party and her 40 year battle with addiction.
FEELING SEXY introduced by special guest
Come and revel in Davida Allen's 'Feeling Sexy', a story about a woman on the verge of a meltdown, having found motherhood and suburbia at odds with her own creative spirit.
WAITING, introduced by Brisbane-based Director, Jacki McKimmie
Noni Hazelhurst and Debra Lee Furness are part of a great cast which tells the story of an artist who has agreed to be the surrogate for her friends. Her career is put on hold, and everyone gathers on a remote farm in anticipation of the birth.
THE DRESSMAKER with intro by local fashionista
Sunday afternoon starts with the acclaimed Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet. Think Tarantino meets outback Australia.
WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED with intro by local fashionista
The festival will close on Sunday night with the screening of 'Women He's Undressed' – Gillian Armstrong's fabulous documentary on Australian Orry-Kelly – the sought after gay costume designer for Hollywood's top stars during the Golden Era of cinema.
For more information on what's on, please click here.