Getting a Share of the Chair: Women Directors in Film and Theatre

Date/Time: 25 Sep 2019 - 25 Sep 2019

Why are women directors in film and theatre still in a minority? Studies show that half of all film school graduates are women, yet only 5% are working Hollywood directors. Jennifer Kent was the sole representative at last year’s Venice Film Festival. This year women are represented again but there are only two in the line-up.

Award-winning film critic, television presenter and NIDA alumna Margaret Pomeranz sits down with acclaimed Australian directors and filmmakers Gillian Armstrong and Pearl Tan to explore the contemporary issues facing women in the industry. As part of a prestigious panel, Gillian, Margaret and Pearl will be joined by theatre directors and representatives of the film and theatre industry.

In an open and frank discussion, leading artists will question how difficult is it to be taken seriously as a female filmmaker, or theatre director, in terms of getting investment in a project. Are there ‘acceptable’ themes of the theatre and film industry that women are seen as unable to direct? The discussion will include the industry experience of leading artists, on issues such as working with a male crew, finding women as key creative collaborators, pitching ideas to festivals and the inevitable life family balancing act.

Join us for this unmissable discussion with some of Australia’s leading women directors.

Pearl tan Margaret Pomeranz Gillian Armstrong