All About Women in Film festival at Sydney Opera House and streaming online || 7 March

February 12, 2021

The ninth annual All About Women festival will take place at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 7 March 2021 ahead of International Women’s Day.
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All About Women in Film festival at Sydney Opera House and streaming online || 7 March

The ninth annual All About Women festival will take place at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 7 March 2021 ahead of International Women’s Day.

The festival, curated by Head of Talks & Ideas at Sydney Opera House, Dr Edwina Throsby, features a line-up of outstanding international and Australian thinkers in an inclusive forum that empowers the female-identifying and non-binary members of Sydney Opera House’s community in a celebration of feminism for everyone.

For the second year, MIFF and Golden Age Cinema film programmer, Kate Jinx, has curated a dynamic film program, All About Women in Film. The program includes feature documentary screenings, a panel discussion featuring local and international female screen creatives, Q&As with directors, and a streaming program of short documentaries. The inaugural All About Women in Film: Streaming Program will feature a compelling selection of documentaries by artists, archivists, storytellers and history makers who create our culture, uncovering lost figures and celebrating emerging voices.

ALL ABOUT WOMEN IN FILM

PANEL:

First & Last, 11am – 12pm, Playhouse

  • British-born, American actor and filmmaker Ione Skye, Director of Content for Netflix Au and NZ Que Minh Luu, and Australian actor and filmmaker Mirrah Foulkes will appear on a panel to confess exciting, cringeworthy, and inspiring moments in their careers. Hosted by Kate Jinx, this panel promises to be a journey through personal favourites, histories, and influences, to deliver a deep look into the to track key moments and creative minds of some of our most inspiring filmmakers

FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES:

Coded Bias, film screening 1.30pm – 3pm, Playhouse

  • Coded Bias is a documentary by American director Shalini Kantayya that explores the discoveries of MIT researcher and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, Joy Buolamwini, about the overwhelming bias of facial recognition software and AI;

Brazen Hussies, film screening and panel 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Playhouse

  • Brazen Hussies is the 2020 documentary directed by Catherine Dwyer about the heroes of the Women’s Liberation Movement who reignited Australia’s feminist revolution in the 1960s and 70s. Screening followed by a discussion with the Director of Brazen Hussies, Catherine Dywer and Kate Jinx.

All About Women in Film: Streaming Program

The premiere program includes two feature films, Brazen Hussies and Coded Bias, along with four short documentaries from Australian filmmakers. The program will be available to watch online via our streaming partner Vimeo for 2 weeks, from Sunday 7 March.

  • My Survival as an Aboriginal, directed by Essie Coffey is the first documentary to be directed by an Indigenous woman and offers a solution by way of continuing cultural practice.
  • The Woman and the Car, directed by Kate Blackmore looks at motherhood and mobility, film and feminism, through the prism of Margaret Dodd’s classic short This Woman is Not A Car (1982).
  • Polychromatic, directed by Sarinah Masukor spotlights the challenges faced by emerging curators (Talia Smith, Tian Zhang, Rebekah Raymond and Nanette Orly) navigating overwhelmingly white spaces, highlighting the importance of bringing more diverse curators into our cultural institutions.
  • Opening Night: The Order of Arrangements, by Diana Baker Smith and Verónica Tello reconstructs the opening night of the National Gallery of Australia in a video essay that analyses how the origin stories of a national art museum are produced and reproduced through archives, art history and museum work.
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