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Australian Film Television and Radio School

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"Whitewashed - Minorities on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

Where are all the colourful, 'talkie' Australian films?

To celebrate Pedro Almodóvar's birthday week, please join us for a screening of Musings - a new short film by Writer/Director Bina Bhattacharya that is both an homage to Almodóvar and a scathing satire of the Australian film industry. Prior to screening the film, we'd like to host a brief discussion on 'whitewashing' in Australian films that looks at why so many Aussie films have a stoic 'Anglo' sensibility to the exclusion of more flamboyant types of cinema enjoyed by people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and the queer community.

Musings, about a frustrated academic who writes monologues for her much younger actress girlfriend, causing her latent jealousy to unravel, was written and directed by Bina Bhattacharya, a filmmaker from Sydney’s South-West. Bina was recently selected as a Director for Australia’s first ever Diversity Showcase and was also selected as a Writer for the Behind Closed Doors screen project, commissioned by Co-Curious and with the support of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Ideas program, Emerald Productions and the ABC. It stars Argentinian-Australian actress Alessia Medina and was produced by AFTRS student Angela Toomey.

‘I feel like ‘Whitewashing’ in Australian films goes beyond choice of characters and actors – there’s a whole stylistic element – obsession with the rural setting, sparse dialogue, repressed characters and washed out colours that is at odds with people like me from cultures where people express themselves, talk and argue voraciously and live in vibrant, multicultural cities,’ Bhattacharya says.

‘Making an homage to Almodóvar was an opportunity to pose the question as to why Australia doesn’t make more of these ‘talkie’ sorts of films that clearly have an audience here, and are a departure from an outdated view of what an Australian film ‘should’ be.’’

Come and join us for a drink, a lively discussion, and an exclusive screening of Musings. Chaired by Dr Timothy Laurie and with a Special Guest introduction from Paul Nunes.

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