Kiwi short accepted into UK Aesthetica Festival

Posted Tuesday 25 Jul 2017

Nurse Me - a short film by Kezia Barnett, choreographed by MaryJane O'Reilly and produced by Rebekah Kelly - has been accepted into the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, 2017.

Founded in 2011, ASFF is an international film festival that takes place annually in York, UK, at the beginning of November. It is a celebration of independent film from around the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking.

ASFF is organised by Aesthetica magazine, a publication for art, design, and photography. The festival is a BAFTA-recognised short film festival.

Nurse Me is based on the dance 'Nurses' from MaryJane & Phil O'Reilly's stage production In Flagrante. Emerging from the sea's dark folds, three lone figures are reborn into a post-apocalyptic world. The nurses - bearers of solace, fetish and sexual power - have been drawn back to the centre, the vortex, to where it all began. Funded with the help of Creative New Zealand.

Watch the Nurse Me trailer; follow them on Facebook; keziabarnett.tv.

 

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Geena Davis: from Thelma and Louise to the profitability of gender equity

Posted Tuesday 25 Jul 2017

A Hollywood star for 35 years, Geena Davis has devoted the later years of her career to exposing her industry's flaws. This excellent Guardian article from a few months ago takes a wide-ranging look at Davis's film career, her growing realisation that all was not well in gender equity, and the institute she set up to create change.

There's a lot to gain from this piece, but for starters, we love her story about talking to Hollywood's "decision-makers and creators". Instead of haranguing them about featuring fewer females in lead roles...

'Davis shows them the GD-IQ's [Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient] findings on profitability. Films featuring female leads make on average 15% more than those with male leads, while films featuring male and female co-leads earn almost 24% more than those with either a solo male or female lead. "Their jaws are on the ground." She grins. "Everywhere we go, it's the exact same reaction. They are floored."'

Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/mar/25/geena-davis-thelma-and-louise-changed-everything-for-me