International Women’s Day Events – MARCH 2009

The AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM SHOWCASE was held at NSW Parliament House theatre on Thursday 5th March 2009 at 12.30 pm.  The Opening Address was given by Hon. Virginia Judge MP, Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts.  The support of Hon. Verity Firth MP, NSW Minister for Women enabled WIFT NSW to hold the event at Parliament House.  Three stimulating short films, both fiction and documentary, from the World of Women – WOW – Film Festival showcased the diversity of Australian shorts made by women. WHEN COLIN MET JOYCE is about the love story and mixed-race marriage of Indigenous political activist Joyce Clague and Colin, a white man who met in 1964 – their principles about Aboriginal welfare, social justice, humanity and family bind them and have helped shape the Australian nation. THE PRAMS is  a black comedy with references to Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ – a clash of lifestyles.  LULLABY is a poignant drama of two girls seeking love from their nightclub singer mother. Filmmakers, Katie O’Neill, writer / director of LULLABY, Charlotte Cutting, writer / producer, and Jason Hargreaves, director, of THE PRAMS and Pauline Clague, producer of WHEN COLIN MET JOYCE introduced their films.  Special guests, Colin Clague  Joyce Clague, Indigenous human rights advocate travelled from the NSW North Coast to attend and enlightened the audience with their personal experiences of the struggle for aboriginal rights and recognition.

The WOW Tour event was supported by Office of the Minister for Women (NSW), Screen Australia, NSW Film  Television Office, TVD Broadcast,  City of Sydney and JAM Directions.  WIFT NSW thanks and acknowledges the work of the organising committee and its volunteers for the production of this event. The WIFT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM SHOWCASE was held at the Australian Film Television  Radio School on Friday 6th March 2009 at 7.00 pm The Opening address was given by Tania Chambers, Chief Executive, NSW Film  Television Office who highlighted the under-representation of women in key areas of the screen industry.  Sandra Levy, Chief Executive of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, another guest speaker, spoke of her personal experiences working in the early days of television and of the efforts made to introduce women newsreaders and onscreen presenters in a male domain.

Filmmakers Renee Webster from Western Australia, director / writer of EDGAR and ELIZABETH, the 2008 winner of WOW Best Short Fiction Comedy and Peggy Yebavula, the cinematographer of the film LOVE LETTERS participated in a Q which gave the audience an insight into their motivations and experiences in the making of the films. Women in Film  Television International selected the International Showcase program from films sent by many women’s film festivals from around the world. WIFT NSW screened the 90 minute program which featured QUARTER TO NOON, MONTREAL 1944, TAKE 3, LOVE LETTERS, EDGAR and ELIZABETH, ONE SHOE SHORT and FORGET MY NAME.  Four Australian films submitted by the WOW Film Festival were chosen to be included in the WIFT International Showcase which screened in 21 locations across three continents. These films were LOVE LETTERS, EDGAR and ELIZABETH, ONE SHOE SHORT and LULLABY.  WIFT NSW also included the WOW Film Festival International Short Fiction winner, L’ORO ROSSO from Italy. Guests stayed after the screening for informal drinks featuring Watershed Premium Wines from the Margaret River in WA.  WIFT NSW thanks and acknowledges the support of  AFTRS, City of Sydney, JAM Directions, Watershed Premium Wines and the organising committee and volunteers in the production of this event.

~ by wowfilmfestival on March 8, 2009.

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