Melbourne Women in Film Festival

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is a not-for-profit festival aimed at celebrating and supporting the work of women in Australian screening industry – from directors, writers and producers to cinematographers, sound designers and editors

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TGIF! Today our #FemaleFilmmakerFriday is the fantastic director, Gurinder Chadha, and her classic noughties comedy, "Bend it Like Beckham" (2002). 

(RATED PG) Jess is the 18 year old daughter of Indian parents living in England, and she is forbidden from partaking in her greatest passion - soccer. She secretly plays for fun with her friends at the local park where she's scouted by Jules, a local teenage semi-pro soccer player. Jess agrees to join Jules' team, and she goes to great lengths to hide her new secret from her family. 

Gurinder Chadha was born in Kenya to Indian parents - her family was part of the Indian diaspora that lived in the British colonies of East Africa. She grew up in England where she found great success as a journalist, directing documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the British Film Institute. She then moved into writing and directing an impressive catalogue of films, including "Bride and Prejudice" (2004), "Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging" (2008) and "Blinded by the Light" (2019). Bend It Like Beckham has had a deep and lasting impact on audiences - it spoke to a large population of unrecognised young people from migrant families who had to navigate the societal expectations of both the country they live in, and the culture they come from. Also, it supplied many-a teenager with crushes on Keira Knightly and Parminda Nagra - but we digress. 

"Bend It Like Beckham" is available to rent on YouTube - link available at #womeninfilm #benditlikebeckham
#FemaleFilmmakerFriday Week 17! It feels like it's been ages since we started this series to help you all through isolation. All of us here in Melbourne are still locking down, so we hope this series can continue to help you all pass the time with great, accessible, women-made content.

We're celebrating one of Bollywood's most notable female directors, Farah Khan, and her 2007 film 'Om Shanti Om', featuring Shah Rukh Khan (the 'King' of Bollywood) and the acting debut of Deepika Pudakone.  

(RATED M) In the 1970s, Om is an aspiring actor working as a background extra on various film sets. He is deeply in love with a star actress, Shanti - but she is oblivious and secretly married to a rich film producer, Mukesh. When Shanti reveals her pregnancy to Mukesh, he locks her in a burning movie set - Om tries to save her and they both perish in the flames. 30 years later, Om has been reincarnated as a highly successful movie star. Upon meeting a much older Mukesh, memories of Om's old life return and he seeks revenge for Shanti's death. 

Farah Khan is an internationally celebrated choreographer and director, and the first woman to be nominated for a Filmfare Best Director's Award. At the time of it's release, 'Om Shanti Om' was the highest grossing Hindi film of all time. The film is a bundle of energy - a wonderful celebration and tongue-in-cheek spoof of epic Bollywood films, filled with great music, references and cameos. Khan has a wonderful eye for movement, setting and spectacle - and we can honestly say, we've never seen a credits sequence where everyone from the lighting department to the hair/makeup team walk the red carpet while being cheered by adoring fans 😍

'Om Shanti Om' is available to stream on Netflix AU - find the link at  #womeninfilm #bollywood #hindifilm