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Sydney Film Festival: Feminism & Film

Sydney women filmmakers from the 1970s and 1980s

A resurgent feminism is grabbing headlines, re-igniting interest in the bold, stirring, witty films championed by the Sydney women’s movement of the 1970s and 80s. Feminism & Film honours the diverse influences and intentions of women who made the films for discussion, committed to the serious undertakings, collaborated on stories of country and culture, and worked for love — but not always money. The program includes three showcases of films made during the era.

Personal & Political
Influential women filmmakers and landmark films from the collective filmmaking practices associated with the heady days of the 1970s and ’80s women’s movement in Sydney.

For Love or Money: A History of Women And Work In Australia
High point in an era of feminist documentary filmmaking, lovingly woven together from women’s personal stories, archival collections and excerpts from Australia’s film history.

Disruption & Deconstruction
Films that wilfully subvert the language of cinema and experiment with narrative form to extort filmic spaces for women’s stories and voices.

This Woman is Not a Car
Suburban melodrama meets horror road movie in an artistic work that takes on femininity and the maternal, fantasy, humour and the erotic, masculinity, fetishism and violence.

Culture & Collaboration
Powerful collaborations between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal filmmakers and communities, as a prelude to Aboriginal produced work that burst onto screens from the 1990s.

My Survival as an Aboriginal
Respected Murruwurri activist Essie Coffey invites filmmakers and audiences into her family and community of Brewarrina in North West NSW to fight for country and culture.

For the full list of films, please visit the Sydney Film Festival website. Films will be screened at Event Cinemas George Street and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.



Every day, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2017


Adult: $19.90
Concession: $17.00
Group 10+: $15.50

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