We are proud to celebrate women filmmakers and actors in this year’s film program. With the long overdue recognition of brilliant female talent, as well as the wealth of existing and merging high quality women filmmakers around the world, BOFA presents some superb examples. Proudly sponsored by IWDA, International Women’s Development Agency, whose motto is that Strong Women Change Communities, plus the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law, also great supporters of women in Tasmania.
ANCHOR & HOPE
This is a beautifully made film exploring the love between two women living on a riverboat, and their desire to have a child to complete their relationship. Into the mix arrives a man who may be able to assist them. There is nothing clichéd about this lesbian drama which provides glowing performances, including veteran actress Geraldine Chaplin and her daughter Oona (who plays one of the two women in love). You will enjoy this immensely enjoyable journey and appreciate the joy of romance as told in this fine film.
LAUNCESTON: Sunday, 19 May
NOON CINEMA 3
HALF THE PICTURE
There has been so much discussion in Hollywood and beyond about the lack of female filmmakers, and the lack of recognition in the film community. This insightful documentary gets to the heart of this issue by interviewing a number of prominent female filmmakers and actors, and attempts to find ways of addressing this concern. Women are powerful filmmakers, and this film reveals that. Major film people like Ava DuVernay, the first female director to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture for Selma, have some great comments to make about this real issue.
Sunday, 19 May 11:45am Cinema 4
THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM
The role of women in a conflict zone is portrayed with great effect in this drama set against the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. An Israeli woman has a romantic relationship with a Palestinian man which leads to a spiral of events that will greatly impact both their lives and their respective spouses. In particular, it is the strength of women in such a fraught situation that places a great focus on conflict of many kinds in this well-developed story. The final sequences will leave you with much to think about.
Thursday, 16 May 2:00pm Cinema 1
Elena Ferrante is a highly regarded, best-selling author, listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential world personalities. Yet, who is she? She refuses all publicity, is based in Naples, but is a real enigma. This fascinating documentary delves into her life, her great success as a writer, and who indeed she really is. With 8 novels and millions of readers, discover the joy of writing and the life of this elusive author. Indeed, you will be surprised and enlightened by what this comprehensive film reveals, and perhaps have the mystery solved. Plus, don’t miss the Q & A discussions about Elena, popular authors and the avoidance of publicity, after each screening.
Saturday, 11 May 11:30am Cinema 1
Saturday, 19 May Noon Cinema 2
RED CARPET OPENING NIGHT: LAUNCESTON
Start BOFA with a chuckle and a smile at the Launceston opening night film BOOK WEEK, screening on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm in Cinema 1.
Then join the fun at the glamorous after party at the Mudbar Restaurant. The cost is $65 and bookings can be made at:
Plus you won’t want to miss the filmmaker Heath Davis discussing making this film on Friday, 17 May, 1:30pm-2:30pm at the Plough Inn, Launceston for free.
TAKE ACTION: Brilliant Careers, Strong Women
Moderated by Cate Sumner (Law & Development Partners) a panel including Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career), Bettina Baldeschi (International Women’s Development Agency), Ibu Nani Zulminarni (PEKKA) and Grace Walsh (Multicultural Council of Tasmania) will look at the “prouds” and “sorries” for women in society and the film industry today. Not to be missed. TasTAFE Launceston.
We are proud to celebrate the role of women in film, and BOFA 2019 reflects this important theme with some great films featuring women and made by women.
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