2019 has started with the great news that we are to have the company of Gillian Armstrong, director of My Brilliant Career, at BOFA 2019. Her film adaptation of Miles Franklin’s iconic novel was in the forefront of the 1970’s Australian film renaissance. She was a trend-setter, too, being female, only 29 and interested in feminist themes. Winner of eight AACTA and BAFTA awards the film set her on a brilliant career of her own with films like Oscar and Lucinda and Charlotte Gray (both with Cate Blanchett) and more recently Love, Lies and Lust (winner of the Australian Directors Guild Award) and Women He’s Undressed.
Stay tuned for details of a red-carpet cocktail party where you can meet and hear Gillian before the screening of the beautiful digitally restored film on Saturday 18th May. On Sunday 19th May a major discussion on Brilliant Careers, Strong Women will have a panel on which Gillian will be joined by strong women speakers from Tasmania, Melbourne and Indonesia. Not to be missed. Free admission.
BOFA 2019 is shaping up as the year of strong women in film and 50% of the films screened this year at BOFA will be by female directors or with a focus on women. Strong Women and Stories of Us are two of the eight themes at this year’s festival.