FWF Round-up: Friday 12 August 2016

Still from 'Certain Women'
Still from Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Certain Women’. Image via Kill Your Darlings

‘Most Australians are still living in a cocoon of historical ignorance.’ FWF artist Liz Conor speaks to Feminartsy about activism, colonial narratives of Indigenous Australian women, and why she’s looking forward to the chance to ‘listen up’ to other feminist voices at our networking day.

In The Lifted Brow, Candy Bowers ponders the state of racial diversity on Australian screens with a personal reflection on her love of TV, and the lack of people of colour she had to connect with on screen while growing up. Things really became troubled after Bill Cosby was ousted for drugging and raping women on set, and Bowers was left bereft of her favourite TV dad, and still asking questions about where all the brown people are in 2016.

‘It’s a simple observation, a plain statement made in frustration; women have to work harder to be heard.’ Eloise Ross, in Kill Your Darlings, writes on the gender dynamics, cinematography and performances in Certain Women, Kelly Reichardt’s highly charged and beautifully subtle film that screened recently at the Melbourne International Film Festival. A festival highlight for many, this film will be a must-see upon its general release.

In Rebellious Daughters, a new anthology edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman, seventeen of Australia’s best female writers explore their journeys from youth to adulthood and the family expectations that have shaped their experiences and decisions. Nithya Iyer reviews the book for Peril.

Controversial censorship of a recent cover of Vault magazine, which featured a semi-nude pregnant woman in a work by artist Lisa Yuskavage, has raised questions about why some female bodies and representations of femininity are policed over others. On ABC Books and Art, Vault editor Neha Kale contends that the censorship speaks to broader problems in Australian culture.

Playwright and feminist Zoey Moonbeam Dawson chats to Three Thousand about her latest play, Conviction, a work that explores colonialism and patriarchy, and also features skull-shaped bongs, human intestine consumption and dog memes.

What constitutes good or bad arts criticism? Join renowned Monthly music critic Anwen Crawford for a Crafting Arts Criticism workshop, which will offer practical tips on the importance of research, developing your argument and keeping those adjectives under control. Wednesday 28 September, Melbourne. $295 (includes lunch).

So you want to write? Kill Your Darlings is hosting a day-long writing workshop, with Hannah Kent and Rebecca Starford, designed for people who want to write seriously, but may be struggling to begin or maintain a focused creative writing practice. Saturday 10 September, Melbourne. $179 (KYD subscribers); $199 (non-subscribers).

If you are an academic (or know someone who is), please consider adding your name to the Academics for Refugees Policy Paper, which calls for a fair and humane approach to refugees and makes policy recommendations, and will be sent to the Prime Minister.


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