The second instalment of Dublin’s Feminist Film Festival takes place this October Bank Holiday weekend.
Last year saw the launch of Dublin’s first Feminist Film Festival – an event aiming to counteract the under-representation of women in film and also celebrate the contribution of women to the industry.
The FFF returns this October Bank Holiday weekend with more women in film, diverse, interesting and real female characters, women’s stories and filmmaking achievements.
If you’re sceptical about why a festival of this nature is necessary, apply the Bechdel Test to the last few films you have seen. A film passes if:
Then think again about getting some tickets to this event.
The festival opens on Friday 30th October with Cléo de 5 à 7 directed by Agnès Varda, the only woman in the boys’ club that was French New Wave cinema. The iconic film features two hours of a young singer’s life as she awaits the results of a biopsy. This screening will be followed by a talk on women’s achievements in film by Dr Jennifer O’Meara.
The programme features the Irish premiere of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary about the American women’s movement between ’66 and ’71. The film’s director, Mary Dore will also appear in a pre-recorded interview to introduce and discuss her work.
For Halloween festivities The Babadook will be shown followed by a discussion of the portrayal of women in horror.
The schedule also includes Meshes of the Afternoon, Shinjuku Boys, The Body Beautiful and Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, starring Ellen Page. The final screening is Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey, which tells the story of Bernadette Devlin, a Northern Irish socialist and political activist. Director Lelia Doolan will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Forms of Feminist Film: Fiction, Non-fiction, Experimental’ after the screening.
The New Theatre
43, Essex Street East
All images courtesy Feminist Film Festival