MIFF Talks - Sex on screen Unclassified: no age restriction
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Filmmakers and actors discuss representations of sex on screen and compare approaches to exploring and evoking eroticism. They consider the question: how do we depict on-screen intimacy authentically and originally, without being exploitative?
Panellists include Tony Ayres, Miranda Nation, Sarah Snook and Thomas M Wright; moderated by Bec Peniston Bird.
Tony Ayres is an award-winning showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films, and is one of the founding members of Matchbox Pictures. Tony’s feature film directing credits include Cut Snake (MIFF 2015 Centrepiece Gala), The Home Song Stories (MIFF 2007) and Walking on Water (MIFF 2002); he is the creator and original showrunner of the television series Nowhere Boys (MIFF 2013); and the showrunner/director on the miniseries The Slap (MIFF 2011). His executive producer credits include televisions shows Glitch (2015, MIFF 2017), The Family Law (2016–2017), Wanted (2016-2017) and Nowhere Boys (2014, 2016); mini-series such as Seven Types of Ambiguity (2017) and Barracuda (2016); and feature films Ali’s Wedding (MIFF 2017) and Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows (2016).
Miranda Nation is an Australian filmmaker whose first short film Eli the Invincible (MFF 2011) won the SBS Programming award at Flickerfest, and was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival where Miranda participated in the Accelerator Lab for emerging Australian directors. Her short film Perception (MIFF 2013) won the Dendy Award for Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival, was nominated for an AACTA Award and had its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand. In 2015 Miranda received a Director’s Acclaim grant from Screen Australia to work as Director’s Attachment on Cate Shortland’s feature film Berlin Syndrome (2017). Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Miranda’s debut feature film Undertow (2018) will world premiere this year at MIFF where it screens on 9, 12 and 18 August.
Sarah Snook has starred in a number of award-winning feature films, theatre productions and television series, both locally and internationally. Her film roles have included Brothers’ Nest (2018), Winchester (2018), The Glass Castle (2017), Holding the Man (MIFF 2015 Centrepiece Gala), Steve Jobs (2015), Oddball (2015), Predestination (MIFF 2014 Opening Night), These Final Hours (MIFF 2013), Not Suitable For Children (2012) and Sleeping Beauty (2011). She played the lead role in the Australian series The Beautiful Lie (2015) and her other television credits include Succession (2018), The Secret River (2015), The Moodys (2014), Redfern Now (2013), Spirited (2011), Blood Brothers (2011), Packed to the Rafters (2011), My Place (2011) and All Saints (2009). Sarah is one of this year’s MIFF Ambassadors and Shorts Awards jury members.
Thomas M Wright is an award-winning director, producer, writer and production designer; and the co-founder and director of The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm. He has featured in the films Sweet Country (2017), The Man with the Iron Heart (2017), Everest (2015), Balibo (MIFF 2009) and Van Diemen’s Land (MIFF 2009). He has played the lead roles in television series Outsiders (2016–2017), The Bridge (2013–2014) and Top of the Lake (2013). Wright created The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm in 2006, and has directed and co-directed productions for many of Australia’s main-stage theatre companies and state festivals. Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Thomas’s debut feature film as director, Acute Misfortune (2018), will world premiere this year at MIFF where it screens on 4, 10 and 18 August.
Bec Peniston Bird is an Australian film writer/director whose award-winning shorts have screened at MIFF, Berlin, Palm Springs and London. She is a winner of the Australian Writers Guild’s INSITE Award and an alumnus of the MIFF Accelerator and Berlinale Talent Campus programs. She is a participant in this year's MIFF 37ºSouth Market PostScript & Direct event.
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