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Friday 14 March 2014
Film

i am a girl: gendered experience around the world

Lou Heinrich
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‘I was taken to hospital to prove my virginity, and then to a hotel.’ Cambodian teenager Kimsey sold her virginity at 12 because her family needed money to eat. She lives in slum-like conditions with an abusive boyfriend and a mother who takes care of her daughter while she works. Kimsey is acquainted only with…
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Thursday 6 March 2014
Film

My long neck: tourism, exploitation and agency

Lou Heinrich
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Far away from the chaos of Bangkok lies the North Western province of Mae Hong Son. A mountainous landscape, much of the region is sprawling with rainforest and is said to be curtained by mist the year round. You can travel by jeep or motorbike, bouncing over potholed roads, to your choice of one of…
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Tuesday 4 March 2014
Film Uncategorised

women in comics: support a new doco!

Lauren Strickland
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Checking my email one night, I came across a Kickstarter project that sounded awesome. Showing it to my partner, I said, ‘Doesn’t it sound great? A documentary about the untold history of women in comics. Creators, writers, illustrators, fans, the whole lot.’ My partner’s reply: ‘There are women in comics?’ This exchange is an example of…
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Friday 21 February 2014
Film

aboriginal culture celebrated in new documentary

Lou Heinrich
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‘It is the spirit making you and me draw breath and making the plants grow and moving the wind. It gave rise to the stars and the stardust and the planets and eventually us.’ David Salomon is talking about tjukurpa. Misguidedly named ‘Dreamtime’ by white folk, the Pitjantjatjara word can mean a simple story; but…
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Friday 8 November 2013
Arts Film

changing the world one role model at a time

Rebecca Brand, Producer/Director
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Back in April 2012 I hosted a screening of a US documentary called Miss Representation at the Amnesty International headquarters in Shoreditch, London. The film, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival but never had a theatrical release in the UK, explores the way that women are represented in the media (or not, as the case…
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Wednesday 26 June 2013
Fashion Film

I don’t have to dress for anyone: why the Dirty Girls were right about fashion

Isabelle Hellyer
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‘I don’t have to look nice for anyone’ explains a messy haired girl of 13, seated in a high school auditorium. Her name is Harper Willat and, along with her sister Amber, she was the subject of ‘Dirty Girls‘, a documentary filmed in 1996 that has been gaining a lot of attention over the past…
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Thursday 28 February 2013
Featured

Interview: Keep Me Safe Tonight

Ruby Mahoney
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As you may have noticed on our website, Lip has recently become a Pozible partner and thus holds a page of our favourite Pozible projects – the ones we think Lipsters would love and consider supporting. This week, I spoke to Corrie Chen and Jiao Chen about their documentary project “Keep Me Safe Tonight”.   1. So…
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Friday 31 August 2012
Film

film review: the face of birth

Natalie Salvo
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At the heart of the Face Of Birth documentary is a question. That is – do women have a right to choose where and how they will give birth? It is a hot button issue, yet one where other developed nations have deemed that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. This Australian documentary plays like…
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Sunday 12 August 2012
Film

film review: saving face

Natalie Salvo
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In one second a life was ruined. So goes one of the many harrowing statements made in the documentary film, Saving Face. Directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy have detailed a sensitive issue, exposing the plights of victims of acid attacks in Pakistan, with this Oscar award-winning short proving to be worth a feature-length runtime….
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Wednesday 4 July 2012
Featured Film

interview: katy perry on the pink carpet!

Courtney Dawson
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On Saturday June 30th, superstar Katy Perry attended the Australian premiere of her new 3D Documentary Part of Me, which chronicles her rise to fame. “This film followed me all of last year. It tells the story of how I got here and it shows some of the obstacles that I went through. It inspires people…
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Thursday 21 June 2012
Film

film reviews: sydney film festival

Courtney Dawson
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The 59th Sydney Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday night 17th of June, with an Awards ceremony at the State Theatre. The Greek drama Alps, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos was awarded the $60,000 cash prize for winning the Official Competition.  The Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short went to Yardbird, directed by Michael Spiccia, and the Yoram Gross Animation Award went to The Maker, written…
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Friday 30 March 2012
Culture

Bully (it’s time to stop hiding behind ‘kids will be kids’)

Freya Dumas
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When I was little, I had a lisp. It wasn’t the sweet Cindy Brady kind. It was the sort that involved years of speech therapy, which usually ended with me in tears. The phrase Sally sells seashells by the seashore still gives me shudders. Because I was difficult to understand, I didn’t really speak much….
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Thursday 26 January 2012
Film

advance australian film (a documentary)

Courtney Dawson
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While Australia has produced an array of highly acclaimed features over the years, interest in Australian Cinema has been experiencing a steady decline. It’s been over 20 years since Baz Luhrman’s Strictly Ballroom (1992) reached number one at the Australian Box Office, and no other Australian film has reached these heights in audience engagement since. As an independent…
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Monday 17 October 2011
Film

film review: dragonslayer

Kimberley Thomson
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Filmmaker Tristan Patterson didn’t intend to make a ‘skate’ film. That is, until he met Josh ‘Screech’ Sandoval. They crossed paths at a party in the desolate surrounds of an abandoned airfield in South California, in the midst of America’s economic meltdown. Aging punk rockers shrieked from the driveway, various burnouts and wastrels roamed about…
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