Essential Australian Women Directors is a specially curated selection of films by renowned critic, broadcaster and former director of Sydney Film Festival, David Stratton, it’s presented in association with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA). Screening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from the 5-10 June and NFSA’s Arc Cinema Canberra from 28 June-7 July.
The 10 films being showcased each mark a great milestone in Australian film history which have been all directed by some of the industry’s most prominent women. “This retrospective pays tribute to not only these pioneering filmmakers, who tirelessly forged their own path forward, but to all the talented women who have crafted important and enduring films in this country.” says Stratton, “In the era of the #MeToo movement, the barriers that once faced women filmmakers are perhaps crumbling at a quicker pace – in the meantime, let’s celebrate the titanic achievements of our women filmmakers, and these landmark works that have irrevocably shifted the industry landscape forever.”
The 10 films in the program are: