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NZ Update #13: The Brilliance of Molly O'Shea

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John O'Shea of Pacific Films is a legend in the film history of Aotearoa New Zealand. He died in 2001, aged 81. His daughter Kathy O'Shea, who died in 2010, was a legendary editor. And his grand-daughter, filmmaker Molly, gave this year's John O'Shea Memorial Address at the annual conference of New Zealand's Screen Production & Development Association (SPADA).

The address would be 'delivered by Dame Jane Campion and special guest', according to the SPADA programme. And what a special guest Molly was.

Her address is an instant feminist classic. Just brilliant. Wherever you live, if you want to persuade someone to give women filmmakers a go, entertain and inform them with this clip.
I hope that some of those producers who gave Molly a standing ovation then seized the opportunity to ask to read her pilot script, described by Jane Campion as 'incredible'. Go Molly! I can't wait to see your work.





Today's Global Opportunities for Women Filmmakers

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So many opportunities for #womeninfilm are limited geographically. These aren't.  And they're amazing.
WIFT NSW's 'Safer Workplace Strategies' Industry Forum The big opportunity this week is to tune into the Facebook stream of WIFT NSW's 'Safer Workplace Strategies' Industry Forum, to address harassment in the 
Australian screen industry and to inform and inspire us wherever we are in the world. It will discuss implementing a sexual harassment code of ethics in Australia and canvass how to empower witnesses to report harassment and bullying. We all need these conversations right now and warm thanks to WIFT NSW for opening this up to everyone! TIME & PLACE (S) 8.45am to 1.30pm (AEST) Tuesday 12 December and live-streamed globally via WIFT NSW's Facebook page, from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney.

AGENDA The forum will hear from experts in the screen, law, sexual assault and workplace protection industries and …

NZ Update #12: Everything's Gonna Be All Right?

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Look at these two! Our Prime Minister and our distinguished filmmaker and global advocate for women filmmakers meet, at last week's SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association) conference. Look at their pleasure in each other. Their body language. Their close attention.




For me, this meeting is a significant turning point in the movement to gender equity in the allocation of public money for screen storytelling. The first one was at 2015's Big Screen Symposium, when Chelsea Cohen – with support from other Māori women – spoke out  about the need to allocate New Zealand Film Commission funding equally to women and men. Our first woman writer/director/producer to do this publicly. Her courage made it safer for others to follow her example.

So: what might this Jacinda-And-Jane meeting mean?

The new government has already announced its commitment to pay equity and I think we can now be confident that gender equity will infuse screen production. I think we can also be confid…

Guetty Felin & ‘Ayiti Mon Amour’, Haiti’s Entry in the Foreign Language Oscar

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Women directed 25 of the 92 films in contention for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2018 (27%), those submitted by Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Ecuador, Georgia, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Laos, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand. This is an all-time record. There are also six LGBTQ-related films, from Chile, Finland, France, Norway, South Africa and Taiwan.



Guetty Felin’s Ayiti Mon Amour is a magical-realist film that centres on a young man, Orphée, who mourns his father’s death in the 7.0 earthquake of 2010. It is Haiti’s very first submission for the Foreign Language Oscar and Guetty is the first Haitian-born female director ever to have shot a narrative feature entirely in Haiti. She’d earlier made a post-earthquake feature documentary called Broken Stones.

Here in AotearoaNZ, we live with regular earthquakes, and over the last few years some of them have been ma…

Europe's Leap Towards Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Sector

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Europe has vaulted ahead in gender equity in film, thanks to September's comprehensive Council of Europe Recommendation on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Sector (Recommendation) and then October's Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2020 (Gender Strategy) from Eurimages, the Council of Europe's organisation for film co-production, theatrical distribution, exhibition, promotion and gender equality.

(Eurimages has 37 members from among the Council of Europe's 47 member states; and Canada is an associate member. I'd love Aotearoa New Zealand to become an associate member, too.)

Through establishing principles of a wider scope than anywhere else in the world, the Recommendation aims to rectify the following, not just in film and television, but throughout the audiovisual industries: Watch out, gaming! Music industry take note!–

1. Lack of awareness of the prevalence of gender inequality.
2. Conscious and unconscious gender bias at all levels of the industry.
3. …

How To Be A #WomeninFilm Activist :Sophie Mayer's Manifesto

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I love Sophie Mayer and her work and her generosity. If you’re not familiar with her, check out my interview with her, when she launched her latest book, Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, in 2016; she is also a poet.

I endorse everything she writes in this post, originally published on Facebook.


by Sophie Mayer

So. Over the last few days, several dozen people have approached me about setting up, moderating or endorsing various kinds of closed/secret/anonymous groups or portals for disclosure of harassment and assault in the screen sector. I'm glad people are ready to talk, but here's

(a) why I think they're asking me; and

(b) why I've said no, and what I think we do instead. Take a deep breath -- I'm going long. If you like it, Paypal me.

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a) I am public about being a survivor of serial sexual abuse, rape and assault.

b) Going public is not for everyone, for reasons we know; I'm not going to tell you that disclosure is empowering, but I will tell you…