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all about women in film

Grab some popcorn and settle in for wild and wonderful feminist cinema. We'll be screening classics, hearing from filmmakers, and exploring Australian film culture, all over one glorious day. 

In the Studio

“Critics often say, 'Oh she makes films about strong women'. Wrong; I make films about complex characters and the choices they make.”

Gillian Armstrong

immerse yourself in feminist film culture

Dive into the world of feminist cinema with our inaugural All About Women film program. 

We're treating you to two films across one brilliant day, co-curated by Kate Jinx from Golden Age Cinema. Each will be followed by discussions with legendary directors, top critics and Australian personalities to talk intimately about the movies that changed screen culture. What was it like for Gillian Armstrong to be a pioneering female director in the 1980s? Is gender representation changing in the Australian industry? And how does Thelma and Louise hold up almost thirty years on?  

Don't miss this fun and illuminating day as we celebrate cinema and feast on feminist film culture.


Session 1 at 10.30am

Film screening followed by a conversation with the director, Gillian Armstrong and Kate Jinx. 

Starstruck is Gillian Armstrong's 1982 pop rock musical spectacular. Jackie (Jo Kennedy) dreams of becoming a pop star and her cousin Angus (Ross O'Donovan) thinks he has what it takes to be a successful manager. He plots for Jackie and her band to crash a major talent competition to be held on New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House. If Jackie wins, her career is assured, and the $25,000 grand prize will save the family pub, that is threatened with foreclosure. Shot on location in Sydney, with a bold and distinctive aesthetic, it's a time capsule of the early 80s new wave scene. Don't miss the rare chance to see an iconic Australian film with a unique and unforgettable heroine. 

Thelma & Louise

Session 2 at 1.30pm

Film screening followed by a panel discussion with Judith Lucy, Sarinah Masukor and Michelle Law, hosted by Kate Jinx. 

When Thelma & Louise was released in 1991, it caused a sensation. Louise (Susan Sarandon) and Thelma (Geena Davis) are friends who set off on a road trip and become outlaws after Louise shoots a would-be rapist in defense of her friend. A spin on the traditional macho buddy film, it is widely considered one of the icons of feminist cinema, with its strong and relatable portrayal of female friendship.Transcending the typical genre norms; it's about transformation and liberation both personal and political. 

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Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong is an internationally renowned Australian film director. Her films have screened at Cannes, Berlin and Sundance; and have been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards, as well as receiving awards from the Australian Film Institute and the British Academy. Her credits include My Brilliant Career, Starstruck, Oscar and Lucinda, Charlotte Gray and Little Women. Gillian is the recipient of an AM for services to the Australian Film Industry, and the Women in Hollywood Icon Award.

Kate Jinx

Kate Jinx is a writer, critic and film curator. She is the director of programming at Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema and appears regularly on ABC TV’s The Mix.

Judith Lucy

Judith Lucy started performing stand up over 20 years ago, and since then all her shows have been utterly, achingly, ‘provide warnings to asthmatics’ funny. Rivetingly honest, with a Gatling gun gag rate, no one sees just one Judith Lucy show. She’s the best-selling author of two devastatingly honest, hilarious books and created two of her own ABC series: Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and Judith Lucy Is All Woman, both of which were nominated for Best Light Entertainment series at the AACTA awards.

Michelle Law

Michelle Law is a writer and actor working across print, theatre, film and television. She wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female, which has sold out seasons and continues to tour across Australia. Her screenwriting work includes the SBS show Homecoming Queens, which she co-created, co-wrote and stars in. Michelle has been awarded a Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award, and two Australian Writers Guild awards. Her latest play, Miss Peony, will be staged at Belvoir St Theatre in 2020.

Sarinah Masukor

Sarinah is a writer and filmmaker living in Sydney on Wangal land. A fan of the hybrid, she likes to work in the space where fiction and non-fiction collapse into each other. Sarinah has written for Frieze and ABC Arts and contributed catalogue essays for shows at AGNSW, MoMA, and LUX Moving Image. In 2019 she attended the Union Docs research and development lab, with a feature documentary on artist run initiatives, community and friendship. Between 2017-2018 she was on the board of Runway Australian Experimental Arts, editing an issue of the journal focused on female filmmakers of colour. Her current magazine side-hustle is as the editorial assistant of the Australian Feminist Studies Journal. 

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