Half the Picture
The statistics say it all – the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated 442 directors for an Oscar, including just five women. And only one has won (Kathryn Bigelow, whose 1995 film, Strange Days, screens in SFF’s Restorations). In this highly relevant documentary, each of these talented women reflect on different aspects of their career, including where discrimination against women played a part. Sometimes these stories are enraging, frequently funny, but sadly often familiar. Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Lucy Walker (Waste Land), and Brenda Chapman (Brave) – all of them faced the same tribulations. The good news – they’re out to change the story.
Half the Picture is a vital, comprehensive documentary on a subject that's so fundamental to the industry it's about, you have to wonder why dozens of movies on this scale or bigger haven't already been made. – Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
One of the film's greatest values…is as a helpful checklist for cinephiles who want to see more terrific films made by women. – Tasha Robinson, The Verge
Talk: After the Sunday 10 June screening of Half the Picture, is an In Conversation with Australian women filmmakers in the Festival Hub, starting at 4.15pm