Half the Picture

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Directed by Amy Adrion
2018
USA
95 minutes
15+
Why are there so few female filmmakers? Prominent US women directors, from Ava DuVernay (Selma) to Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World), debate this urgent question.

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

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Half the Picture

Event Cinemas George St 9
Sun 10 June
2:30pm—4:05pm
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Half the Picture

Dendy Newtown
Thu 14 June
6:15pm—7:50pm
Past Event Cancel
Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Amy Adrion
Producer
Amy Adrion, David Harris
Cinematographer
Yamit Shimonovitz, Soraya Sélène
Company Credits
World Sales: Cinephil
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