About the 2015 Festival

Feminist Film Festival 2015

The 2015 Festival was a great success!!

A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who came, participated or supported us. We’ll post some updates and pics here over the coming weeks. Below is the 2015 programme if you’d like a look.

Thanks again from the whole FFF team.

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The Feminist Film Festival is delighted to announce its 2015 programme, which includes the IRISH PREMIERE of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary charting the U.S. women’s movement between 1966-1971.

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FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER

3pm: Opening Wine Reception

4pm: Cléo de 5 à 7 / Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962) + (short) Rachel Coming Home (Sophia Tamburrini, 2015)

– €10

Screening sponsored by DCU, School of Communications

6pm: The screening will be followed by a FREE TALK on the ‘Achievements of Women in Film’ with Dr. Jennifer O’Meara (Maynooth University). Upstairs in The New Theatre. This talk is now fully booked.

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SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER

Halloween HORROR special!

12 noon: The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014) + (short) The Drive (Helen Flanagan, 2014)  – €10

2:15pm: The screening will be followed by a FREE TALK on ‘Women in Horror’ with Dr. Paula Quigley (Trinity College Dublin). Upstairs in The New Theatre – ticketed but FREE. This talk is now fully booked.

Irish Premiere!

3:15pm: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (Mary Dore, 2014) + There and Back (Trish Kelly, 2014) – €10

To mark the IRISH PREMIERE of the film at the Feminist Film Festival, Mary Dore will introduce her film with a pre-recorded message, answering fans’ questions…

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SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER

12pm: Whip It (Drew Barrymore, 2009) + (short) Queen of the Plough (Cara Holmes, 2014) – €10 (PG Rating, suitable for older children)

2:30: SHORT FILM TRIPLE BILL: Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943) | The Delian Mode (Kara Blake, 2009) | The Body Beautiful (Ngozi Onwurah, 1990) – €10

4pm: Shinjuku Boys (Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1995) + (short) Milk (Vuokko Kunttu, 2014) – €10

5:30pm: Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (Lelia Doolan, 2011) + (short) Heroinat / Heroines (Ana Čigon, 2015)  + panel – €10

7:30pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘Forms of Feminist Film: Fiction, Non-fiction, Experimental’ (panel included in ticket for Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey)

We are delighted to welcome a diverse panel of active filmmakers and academics: Lelia Doolan (filmmaker; director of Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey), Dr. Maeve Connolly (Co-director ARC programme, IADT), Jesse Jones (filmmaker & visual artist), and Tess Motherway (documentary filmmaker & festival director at Dublin Doc Fest).

Chaired by Professor Maria Pramaggiore (Head of Media Studies, Maynooth University).

Panel sponsored by Maynooth University, Department of Media Studies

  Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey printed by the IFI Irish Film Archive.

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Feminist Film Festival 2015: Friday – Sunday, October 30th – November 1st 2015

The New Theatre,
43 Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
(Beside the Project Arts Centre, through Connolly Books)

PLEASE NOTE: Short film details will be announced prior to the festival (our short film submission call is now closed). All screenings are subject to licence.

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ABOUT THE FILMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER

The Feminist Film Festival kicks off this year with a glass of wine in The New Theatre, followed by a feminist classic, a film by one of the most important and lauded female filmmakers of all time…

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Set in Paris in the 1960s, Agnès Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7 paints a vivid portrait of two hours of a young singer’s life while she waits for the result of a biopsy. Although only the second film in Varda’s long and prolific career, Cléo established Varda as an important feminist film-maker, and the only woman in the boys’ club that was the French New Wave movement. With Cléo both preoccupied with her own appearance and frustrated that, as a woman, no-one will take her seriously, the film playfully highlights how easy it can be to internalise the expectations placed on women in a patriarchal society. This screening is kindly sponsored by the School of Communications at DCU.

This screening will be followed by a talk on a selection of women’s achievements in film by Dr. Jennifer O’Meara (Feminist Film Festival & Maynooth University).

SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER

A film festival taking place on the Halloween weekend would be incomplete without a hit of horror. Upon its release in 2014, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook received rave reviews for its scary account of a storybook character who comes to life to disrupt the lives of a young widow and her son. Filled with symbolism, this psychological thriller is the perfect film to provide thrills and chills.

The screening will be followed by a talk on ‘Women in Horror’ by Dr. Paula Quigley (Professor of Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin).

The Feminist Film Festival is honored to host the Irish Premiere of Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary charting the events of, and women behind, the U.S. women’s movement in the period 1966-1971. Through a combination of archival footage, interviews and dramatizations, the film captures the intense and inspiring stories of the women who, in fighting for their own rights, stirred an international revolution. Mary Dore will introduce her film to the Feminist Film Festival audience with a pre-recorded message, answering questions that have been sent in to us by fans in the weeks leading up to the event.

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This year the festival also caters to younger women-in-film fans with Whip It, the heart-warming story of a young woman who refuses to conform to the world of American beauty pageants, and finds her fab femmo self by joining a radical roller-derby team. Starring Ellen Page, the film is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut and, if ever there was a feel-good feminist film with a great message — one that people of all kinds and ages can enjoy — then this is it. As well as suiting older kids, Whip It is the perfect cure for that post-Halloween hang-over, and the kind of film that mams and dads will enjoy as much as their teens.

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As our Short Film Triple Bill reflects, feminist films (like women themselves) come in all shapes and sizes. The selection begins with Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon, an experimental classic made in 1943 which helped to establish avant-garde cinema in the U.S. This will be followed by Kara Blake’s The Delian Mode, a poetic ode to the electronic composer, Delia Derbyshire. While best-known for creating the theme music for Doctor Who, the short reveals how Derbyshire’s creative and technical skills allowed her to break into the male-dominated audio world of the 1960s. Last but not least is Ngozi Onwurah’s The Body Beautiful. This autobiographical short focuses on the changing bodies and bonds between a British mother dealing with breast cancer, and her daughter, a half-Nigerian model. Featuring Onwurah’s own mother, The Body Beautiful traces the female body in its various vulnerable, eroticised, and commodified forms.

The Triple Bill will be followed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams’s remarkable documentary about the complexities of gender and sexuality in 1990s Japan. Shinjuku Boys focuses on a trio of onnabes; a term used to describe Japanese women who choose to live as men. The film combines candid interviews about sex and lesbianism with stirring sequences from the onnabes workplace: Tokyo’s New Marilyn Club, a space populated mostly by heterosexual women disenchanted with ‘real’ men.

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The final screening of the 2015 Feminist Film Festival is a contemporary Irish classic about an indomitable woman: Lelia Doolan’s documentary Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey tells the story of Northern Irish socialist and political activist, Bernadette Devlin, who — at just twenty-one years old — became the youngest MP ever elected (in 1969). Doolan is one of Ireland’s most celebrated directors and the film perfectly reflects women’s abilities and achievements both behind and in front of the camera.

This year’s programme includes a range of short and feature-length documentaries and experimental films, as well as more mainstream fictional narratives. In order to reflect on the diverse range of feminist cinema represented, and the importance of recording women’s real-life experiences on-screen, the festival will close with a discussion on ‘Forms of ‘Feminist Film: Fiction, Non-fiction, Experimental’ chaired by Professor Maria Pramaggiore (Head of Media Studies, Maynooth University). We are delighted to welcome a diverse panel of active filmmakers and academics: Dr. Maeve Connolly (Lecturer in Film and Animation, IADT), Lelia Doolan (director of Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey), Jesse Jones (filmmaker and visual artist), and Tess Motherway (documentary filmmaker and festival director at Dublin Doc Fest). This panel is kindly sponsored by the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University.

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Thanks, as always, for your interest and support. We’re very excited to be back again this year!

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