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Film Festival - A Weekend of Films by Australian Women Directors

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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!

  • Friday 4th November 2016, 7pm

    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.

  • Saturday 5th November 2016, 3pm

    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.

  • Saturday 5th November 2016, 5pm

    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.

  • Saturday 5th November 2016, 7pm

    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.

  • Sunday 6th November 2016, 3pm

    THE DRESSMAKER with intro by local fashionista

    Sunday afternoon starts with the acclaimed Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet. Think Tarantino meets outback Australia.

  • Sunday 6th November 2016, 5pm

    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.


    Tickets are now on sale for the film festival through EventBrite and are priced $15, $12 Concession, $20 Double Feature Pass or Festival Ticket $50. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the screenings.

    For more information on what's on, please click here.


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    When: 4th-6th November 2016
    Where: Griffith Film School Cinema - Corner of Dock Rd and Vulture St South Brisbane. Opposite Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
    Cost: $12-$20
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