Free film fest features women in the reel world

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“Dora and the Lost City of Gold”.

AS we go to press, the second annual free Kambri Film Fest is due to kick off on the ANU campus and by no coincidence at all, the focus will be on women.

That’s because the 12-day festival has hooked into the “Here I Am: Art by Great Women” festival showing at Kambri, so it has been curated to celebrate creative women in the film industry.

“Frozen II”.

Although the event is not entirely family-friendly, the titles of some kids’ films, like “Frozen II”, “Moana”, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and “Little Women”, suggest that the children’s movie sector has moved faster than its adult counterparts. But fear not boys, “Scoob!” (Scooby-Doo) and “Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon” will also be on the list.

“Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon”

Kids’ films start from 3pm, while the evening sessions begin at 7pm and are geared towards adults.

Thursday nights will highlight the work of Australian women in film, including directors Catherine Dwyer (“Brazen Hussies”), Gillian Armstrong (“Starstruck”) and Jocelyn Moorhouse (“Proof”).

Friday and Sunday nights will offer female-directed films from very recent years, including Golden Globe winner “The Farewell”, written and directed by American Lulu Wang.

“Rams”, starring Michael Caton and Sam Neill.

Saturday nights are more blokey and reserved for blockbusters, like sci-fi time-travel adventure “Tenet”, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and the Australian comedy-drama “Rams”, starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton.

Best news of all, it’s free and everyone who attends will get a complimentary popcorn and soft drink.

2021 Kambri Film Fest, Kambri Cinema at ANU, Thursday-Sunday, January 21-February 7. Free but registrations essential via Eventbrite, where the full program is available.

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