Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Festival to screen all-time greatest feminist films
The new Melbourne Girls on Film Festival (GOFF) opens this September to showcase some of the all-time greatest feminist films, and to celebrate the brilliance of powerful girls and women on-screen.
Kicking off on September 12, the Opening Night will be filled with entertainment and fun as Melbourne rock band Modesty play away, before festivalgoers’ unite to watch rocker biopic The Runaways (Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning) directed by Floria Sigismondi. All films are selected and made by feminists, as a portrayal of the amazing stories of both women and girls through influence, wit and unity. Also screening at GOFF is cult classic Heathers (1988), animation favourite Ponyo (2008) and Australian bio-drama Heavenly Creatures (1994). The three-day festival includes a festival club, guest appearances, live music, food and drinks, and live discussions apt for all feminist filmgoers.
“We want more feminist films in the world, so by celebrating these ones we hope that more makers will be inspired to tell their stories, that punters will have a rocking’ good time and see their world a bit differently, and that Melbourne will love a film festival that puts women and girls front and centre,” says GOFF Festival Director Karen Pickering.
GOFF will run from 12-14 September at Melbourne’s Northcote Town Hall. For a festival guide or more information, head to the GOFF website.
So lovely to see the local film press getting excited about GOFF! It’s still crowdfunding so you can get in early for tickets until Thursday at the GOFF Pozible campaign page.
I’m so glad the important people at least are reacting to Thor’s transition* appropriately.
It really pains me to start an article like this, but here goes anyway: recently I posted something on Facebook that caused a bit of a stir.
I’m gonna publish a book called tastes of Melbourne women underground. So tired of male back-patting and exclusion of anything vaguely ‘feminine’ in subculture. We get it. You think you’re all awesome and we’re all just kinda average. Unless we sound like you. Ladies of Melbourne… Let’s please reject this culture.
The torrent of comments in response was overwhelming; it got up to 650 or so. (Probably at least 100 of those were mine, though… I got excited.) I wrote that post thinking that people would have a quick eye-roll and move on. Instead, I came to realise that I was not alone in feeling this way. That many of us, up to that point, had felt we needn’t even attempt to talk about it, because it seemed that no one would listen.
Out of this realisation I’ve embarked on the task of putting together an alternative, subjective musical history. The project is called ‘LISTEN’ and it’ll be written by many and varied feminists about the music they love and the musical experiences they’ve had. It’ll be published in book form and also as a website, so that as many voices as possible can be heard. The over-arching narrative of the publication will be formed by piecing together the material we’re presented with. So it’ll be a book written out of the act of listening.
But I’m writing this article to present my subjective opinion of the book that sparked the post, which I wrote having just read James Kritzler’s Noise in My Head. However, the discussion moved very quickly away from the book itself and onto broader discussions about feminism in music.
A Mapped History of A Song of Ice and Fire by u/hotbrownDoubleDouble
mod note: While there are multiple typos in these images (“Roynar” should be Rhoynar, “Durrandon” should be Durrendon, “Gardiner” should be Gardener, and “the last native king” in the seventh image should be “the last Riverlands king”), this is nevertheless a very useful resource of pre-Conquest history.
Now all I want is someone to do maps that are this cool for the actual War of the Roses.
DEATH TO TRANSPHOBIA
I regret writing this card, it was a mean, cheap joke. We took it out of the game a while ago.
thanks! I wish that more people in comedy realized they could just, uh, do this, and not throw a big fucking stink about it, and go on to make more jokes that are good instead of bad. It is strange that so many people seem to imagine that a simple and sincere apology is a difficult or terrible thing to give.
Cards Against Humanity is a group of people writing immensely offensive joke prompts and punchlines for a living, and if they’re collectively a better person than you are when it comes to being called out on offensive language and jokes, you should really reconsider your behavior.
I’m still not a fan of the game, but props to them for at least drawing a line somewhere and changing their mind.
So I’ve seen several of the photos from this shoot wandering around tumblr, but it never said what they were from, so I figured I’d put them all together with a link. Because more Lucy Liu is always a good thing?
Also I will never get over how much I love her face in that boxing one.
FUCK YEAH LUCY LUI.