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Celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day, the 17th World of Women Film Festival will be launched on Tuesday March 8, at the City of Sydney Library, with screenings of short films by women filmmakers and a Q&A session with WOW Film Festival Director, Sil-Nyin Cameron. 

Australian film director, Claire McCarthy, is 2011 WOW Film Festival patron and says, “I’m honoured to be this year's patron of the World of Women - WOW Film Festival. Audiences both in Australia and internationally will be treated to the complexity and eloquence of women’s voices, both as auteurs with unique visions as well as accomplished artists across all aspects of the filmmaking process. Presented here are a diverse selection of contemporary and vibrant films, all uniquely seeing the world through the eyes of women.” 

Claire Mc Carthy’s most recent feature film “The Waiting City” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2009).“The Waiting City” stars Rhada Mitchell ( “Finding Neverland”) and Isabel Lucas ( “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, “Daybreakers”) and Joel Edgerton (“Starwars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”, “Animal Kingdom”). Claire McCarthy’s second feature film is in preproduction.

WOW 2011 aims to be a festival of discovery, celebration, debate, and entertainment.. according to Festival Director Sil-Nyin Cameron.. "Our festival recognizes the diversity of independent filmmaking by women in an industry that’s male dominated and presents the unique vision of seeing the world through the eyes of women. So join us to enjoy our contemporary exciting best selection of short drama, comedy, animation and documentaries presented by Women in Film & Television NSW (WIFT) NSW to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of International Women’s Day.”

Special guests include Minister for Women, Hon Jodie McKay MP; Actor, writer, director Matilda Brown (“Underbelly”, “Rake”, “Offspring”); Actor, writer, director Zoe Carides ( “Packed to the Rafters”, “All Saints”);Actor, Anna Lise Phillips, (“Animal Kingdom”,“McLeod’s Daughters”, “All Saints”)


“Emilia Eckle” directed by Alyssa McClelland Sydney Premiere
Featured at St Kilda Film Festival 2010, Dungog Film Festival 2009, Palm Springs International Shortsfest 2009, Adelaide Shorts Film Festival 2009
A romance comedy. Young Emilia (Alyssa McClelland, "The Bet", "Surviving Georgia") finds bookish Tom, (David Lyons, "Sea Patrol","ER") to be charming and delightful. If he keeps his glasses on, he feels the same about her. Their first date is a hit, it does seem to be true love… at least that is, until the awkward moment after the good-night kiss.
*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

“How God Works” directed by Matilda Brown 
A Tropfest finalist. Matilda Brown (“Underbelly”,“Rake”,”Offspring”), has inherited the talents of her famous parents Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown where she directs and acts in this amusing story of two opposites who both love the strange ways that God works.
*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

“Franswa Sharl’ directed by Hannah Hilliard
Award-winning comedy: Crystal Bear Award at Berlin Film Festival, IF Media Award for most popular film at Flickerfest, Best Australian Short at Melbourne International Film Festival.
Twelve year old Greg has inherited his father’s competitive streak. On a family holiday to Fiji they have different ideas about where Greg should focus his talents. When his creative pursuits fail to amuse his father Greg goes to bizarre lengths to win him back. Based on a true story.
*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

“Shiny Thing” directed by Lisa Gloufchis
Starring Melbourne comedian and Triple J breakfast radio host, Tom Ballard, Louise Siversen (“Rush”, “City Homicide”, “All Saints”) and Felicity Soper ( “Rush”, “City Homicide”, “Neighbours”). A heart warming comedy/drama. 17 year old boy Lochlan feels underappreciated by his dazzling attention grabbing mother, but this time Lochlan is not going to let her steal the show.
*screening Wednesday 9th March at Parliament House Theatre at 12.30pm. Morning tea at 12 noon.

“Not Even a Mouse” directed by Zoe Carides
Actor Zoe Carides (“Death in Brunswick”, “Packed to the Rafters”, “All Saints,” “Brilliant Lies”, ‘Grassroots”) directs this moving drama starring Anna Lise Phillips ( “Animal Kingdom”, “The Boys”), Dan Wyllie (“ Chopper”, “Muriel’s Wedding”, “Romper Stomper”)
A family drama where a prodigal son returns to an excited family, but, trouble looms when anther estranged member of the family turns up on the doorstep.
*screening Wednesday 9th March at Parliament House Theatre at 12.30pm. Morning tea at 12 noon

“Silence = Death” Australian Premiere
A diverse collection of short French films, dramas and documentaries, written and directed by ten talented French female directors, from the testimony of women who are HIV positive. Created for the twentieth anniversary of ACT UP Paris. Responds to the almost total absence of images on the subject of women and HIV, their fight against the disease and their militant struggle.
*screening Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm

“Fish” directed by Asa Johannisson Australian Premiere
A quirky comedy from Sweden. Can a girl who is focussed on caring for a fish find interest in a man? “Fish” is a tribute to all of us who have ever felt that we don’t fit in.
*screening Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm

“Mad” directed by Meryl Tankard World Premiere
Short documentary directed by acclaimed choreographer, Meryl Tankard. Focuses on madness and schizophrenia, explored by poet and writer, Sandy Jeffs, who has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for 34 years. Sandy featured at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2010 and has 5 books of poetry published.
*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

“The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock” directed by Lucy Gaffy 
Iskra (Victoria Haralabidou, "Home and Away", "All Saints", "East West 101") a Croatian refugee, works as a radiologist in an inner-city surgery. In an effort to recover from her violent past, Iskra has made her life one of ritual. But she finds that her new life is a lonely until she meets Leo (Luke Elliot, "Noise" "Rush", "Satisfaction"). However it would seem for Iskra that even love was not meant to be easy. AFI Award Screenings 2010 nominated Best Short Film, Australian Directors Guild Awards nominated Best Student Film 2010
*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

“Red Water Red” directed by Qing Xie Sydney Premiere
Blisteringly sensual, an eerie feeling of unease fills every meticulously composed frame." STOCKHOLM International Film Festival (XX Short Film Competition) 2009 WINNER - Film Victoria Award BEST FILM (VCA Premiere Awards 08) // WINNER - GOLD AWARD, Australian Cinematographers Society 2009 // NOMINEE - Kodak-Award NEW DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2009 
Sadomasochism, the spectre of a dead mother and an elaborate and grotesque fantasy all play a part as a young Chinese girl draws her father into a sexual relationship, and a forbidden feast. “Red Water Red” is an uneasy story about the bonds of family, the bounds of intimacy, and the returns of love.
*screening Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm 

“An Unfinished Romance” directed by Alison Heather Sydney Premiere
Starring Zoe Ventoura (“Packed to the Rafters”, “Kick”, “Footloose”) and Matt Rossner (“Wolf Lullaby”, “Corpus Christi”), Danika Armytage (“Death and the Maiden”, “ Persephones Wolf”) 
About two strangers, two hookers, two paper boats and a whole raft of assumptions. A gentle romantic comedy looking at the assumptions we make about other people, which in the end can make or break our sense of enchantment, the essence of romance.
*screening Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm 

“This is How You’ll Make Your Bed in Prison” directed by Katie Mitchell Sydney Premiere
"The system had me from two years old, it probably had me before then because it had my mother...it could never let me go." Follows the story of Vickie Lee Roach, an Indigenous woman who took the Howard Government to the High Court of Australia in a landmark civil rights case.
*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7.00pm

“Pushbike” directed by Mairi Cameron 
Stars Karmen Raspovic (“Being John Malkovich”,”Stark”, “Boys from the Bush”, “Blue Heelers”), Michelle swims lap after lap after lap at the local pool, trying to escape the humdrum of her domestic life. When her clothes are stolen from the change room one night, she must brave a nude ride home on her old push bike, where something even more thrilling and illicit awaits her in the dark. 
*screening Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm

Full program & ticket info http://www.wift.org/wow 

Published February 24, 2011

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The Waiting City
directed by WOW Fest patron Claire McCarthy

WOW 2011
March 8 -10 in Sydney at Dendy Opera Quays and Parliament House Theatre

Full program & ticket info

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