WOW FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2009 UPDATE
Entries are closed and selection and judging is underway for the 16th World of Women – WOW Film Festival. Put these dates in your diary – Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th October 2009 to be held at the Chauvel Cinema and Metro Screen in Paddington and other venues.
A screen culture event of public exhibition and screenings and filmmakers forums, focussing on … Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Women …
Screening many premieres …… The Sydney Premiere of the Australian feature FOUR OF A KIND produced and directed by Melbourne based filmmaker, Fiona Cochrane, written by Helen Collins and starring Leverne McDonnell, Gail Watson, Nina Landis and Louise Siversen. Joe Camillieri and the Black Sorrows, an iconic Aussie band, provide Greek chorus style interludes which are used to good effect. Fiona Cochrane, Gail Watson, Nina Landis and Leverne McDonnell who is also the Associate Producer will participate in a Filmmakers Q&A at the screening.
Screening on the Saturday night is the International Premiere of a new feature shot in Sydney, I WISH I WERE STEPHANIE V, produced by Laura Sivis, directed by Jon Cohen and written by Chloe Traicos who also stars in the film. The story of the trials, traumas and romances of 3 very different young women being raised by their immigrant families, seen through the eyes of Helen, a 21 year old virgin being raised by her matchmaking traditional Greek grandmother. It’s fun, it’s crazy, it’s serious. It will make you cheer and cry – but not too much! A vibrant romance, comedy and drama … Helen, a tennis loving Greek virgin wishes she was like her girlfriend Stephanie V, a beautiful Eurasian model who plays tennis like a pro, toss in a love interest and see what happens.
HURIYYA AND HER SISTERS – missed it at the Arab Film Festival ? – see it at WOW and participate in the Filmmakers Forum – meet the young filmmakers and director Paula Abood. “If there was a pièce de resistance in the other sessions I saw it was the wonderful, complex animation called Hurriya and Her Sisters, made by a large group of young Muslim women in southwest and western Sydney, with support from several community centres and the Human Rights Commission, among others. Elegant, witty and beautifully paced, the film tracks four different kinds of female quest. Some figures have headscarves, some not, and one a mass of tangled red hair which seems to curl into Arabic script.” Sylvia Lawson, Inside Story, Current affairs and Culture, Arts.
A cutting edge program, challenging, stimulating and entertaining … Short Fiction – Drama & Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Vodules (Digi-media Short Form) More information will be available soon on the WOW Web Pages and in the next newsletter.