Get prepped for all the popcorn and glitter you can handle; Melbourne’s annual ode to all things film and feminism is back in Brunswick for another year of celebrating films created, directed, starred in and generally made wonderful by women.
The Girls on Film Festival will be taking over the Brunswick town hall this October 6-8 with everything from nineties favourites to homegrown heroines.
Three years ago the festival was created as a “chance to watch movies chosen by feminists, made by feminists, with a bunch of other feminists.” GOFF’s Co Director Myf Clark said.
This year, Melbourne’s own film makers are stepping up to the plate, with submissions for both feature length and short films taken earlier in the year. One feature length film will be added to the line-up as well as a heap of shorts to get you in the mood.
Myf is excited for the local aspect to be an integral part of the festival which is all about inclusivity.
“Besides our new local steam, our programming team works hard to make sure we have a diverse and interesting mix of films and genres…We also make sure that a number of films have closed captions and/or AUSLAN interpreters.” Myf said.
The line-up this year will warm the hearts of everyone longing to be thrown back to the nineties, kicking off with Clueless followed by a day of classics, Spice World and The Craft alongside newbies Love Witch as well as heart wrenching titles The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe and 52 Tuesdays.
Yordanos Haile-Michael, of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe will be making an appearance for a Q&A after the film’s Sunday screening. Yordanos’ story from Eritrean child solider to creating a life and reliving her experiences is awe-inspiring and will be sure to drive home the most important message of the festival.
“We know that there is no one way to be a feminist and we are very aware that we don’t have the answers for everything”
We are always reading, learning and listening so we can make sure that we can bring a genuine and inclusive vibe to all of our events,” Myf said.
The big weekend screening is the crux of the festival but expect plenty more to be popping up around the city in the coming months.
Following a very successful screening of 10 Things I Hate About You earlier in the year the festival want to expand their horizons.
“We are in regular chats with other like-minded organisations on a regular basis, so who knows where we might pop up next!” Myf said.
You can find all the film times and tickets on the GOFF website.