Film and Feminism in Melbourne

A topic that seems to have emerged in Melbourne at the moment is women in film, or rather, women making films. From an inaugural feminist-inspired film festival to a screening of films directed only by females, Melbourne is giving women a long-awaited front-row seat.

The Girls On Film Festival, set to start on 12 September, is gearing up to showcase –for the very first time- an entire weekend of film and talk focused on women writers and directors as well as inspiring on-screen female characters. The festival has been financed through an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign. A huge $14 500 was raised through Pozible less than a month ago, and exceeding their target by more than $2000. Does this then mean that such an event is in high demand? It would seem so.

Artshub has long been discussing the underrepresentation of women in the arts. Two years ago, Fiona Mackrell covered the alarming truths found by Australia Council report Women in Theatre, including that female playwrights are far less likely to have their work produced. This fact was echoed again recently in Richard Watts’ June article ‘Theatre Makers Act On Gender Parity’, making it clear the problem continues. In the same month, former 20th Century Fox executive and producer of films What Women Want and No Reservations, Susan Cartsonis, wrote about ‘Why Women Should Get the Jobs’. Cartsonis explains the impact that restricting female voices in film can have.

“When fewer female-focused films get made, it diminishes staffing of women in the executive suites and on set,” she writes.

The program being presented by Final Cut tomorrow night (26 August) celebrates that, in fact, many women are directing great films and shorts.
Final Cut: Girls Together Outrageously will show (again, for the first time) films that have all been directed by women. The night has been curated by filmmaker and Made In Melbourne Film Festival Co-director, Sarah-Jayne.

Final Cut is a monthly short-films screening and networking event with pre-show performances and free-entry.

Dates: 26 August, 6pm-10pm
Location: 1000 Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Girls On Film Festival

Dates: Sept 12-14
Location: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote