I’ve been writing this blog post for the past three days now and have finally completed it. I wanted to spend a bit of time discussing the upcoming events I will be attending and taking part in, as much of it relates to my own research and creative practice.
The Skin Deep premiere is on this Saturday night (Feb 28th) and I am very much looking forward to seeing this film. It’s rare to see local feature films of this quality, let alone lesbian films that explore the complexities of life that actually have very little to do with one’s sexuality, but where diverse sexuality is not erased from the storyline. The film was set and filmed in Newtown, a place near and dear to my own heart, having filmed The Newtown Girls there. I’m looking forward to seeing the local talent on display and celebrating the success of this project. The premiere is also a chance to catch up with filmmakers and friends that I haven’t seen in a while as we come together to support fellow filmmakers. Check out Skin Deep and support Indie Australian Film.
As part of the International Women’s Year anniversary celebrations and the Contemporary Art and Feminism’s Future Feminist Archives Symposium, filmmakers Martha Ansara, Margot Nash and Jeni Thornley return to their feminist origins and discuss some of the groundbreaking films they produced in the 1970s. I have been asked to join them on the panel to discuss the third-wave feminist filmmaking practices that have been made possible due to the foundational work by these pioneers. The panel will be held in the Centenary Auditorium at the Art Gallery of NSW, (Domain Rd, Sydney) as part of an all day Contemporary Art and Feminism Symposium (10am-5pm) organised by CAF & SCA. For more information about the event and other Archive activities, check out the University of Sydney’s website: http://sydney.edu.au/sca/galleries-events/future-feminist-archive/index.shtml
The Newtown Girls will also be showing in the black-box gallery at the SCA Galleries, (Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Kirkbride Way, Rozelle) from Wednesday 4th March, along with other artworks from the Future Feminist Archive.
I am looking forward to both of these events and sharing not only my research and creative practice, but meeting and discussing the work of others in the community. As International Women’s Day approaches (March 8th) it is important to support all the efforts being made locally, nationally and globally to celebrate the achievements of women and inspire us to become (or continue to be) activists for change.
“The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. So make a difference, think globally and act locally!! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.” IWD
So this March, join with me and support International Women’s Day! #MakeItHappen #WomensDay #IWD2015 #PaintItPurple
Visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/ to learn more about the movement!