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Badass Beauty Queen (52mins)
Lipstick (7mins)
Smile (9mins)
Dear Harriet (3mins)
Persona (5mins)
Sunday 28th October
2:00 pm

Australian Premiere

The story behind Miss World contestant Anastasia Lin using her beauty and brass to stand up against an oppressive juggernaut— the Chinese communist government. Drama, danger and fear follow Anastasia as she becomes the darling of the human rights community, traveling the globe to bring the world’s attention to an increasing list of China’s atrocities: the persecution of prisoners of conscience and live forced organ harvesting. An unlikely candidate to crusade against some of the world’s worst human rights violations, Anastasia puts everything on line to stay true to her conscience—including her father’s safety and her chance at the crown.

Q&A session with filmmakers and lead talent

Lipstick (7mins)

red. Red. RED. A woman becomes overwhelmed seeking out the perfect red lipstick.

Lipstick follows the experiences of many people as they discuss their first red lipstick. Moving through the cosmetic counters at a department store, desperate to find the perfect shade, Rita begins to have a panic attack due to the abundant amount of shades, textures, and cost.

‘It’s not about power, but to have a sense of place’

Smile (9mins)

A heart-warming exploration of a community art project by photographer Tawfik Elgazzar providing free portraits for locals and passers-by in Sydney’s inner west. The film explores the nature of individuality, cultural diversity and the positive joy for the photographer of seeing his subjects smile.

Dear Harriet (3mins)

Dear Harriet tells the story of a letter received from a birth mother, read aloud by an unseen adoptee that rides the waves beneath the significance. Following a mother reasoning with the idea of a relationship between a daughter and her connection to her as a biological mother.

Persona (5mins)

What does it mean to act within a persona and if you remain as them for long enough will you begin to lose yourself?

PERSONA centres on artist and writer, Helen Hopcroft, and her year-long performance dressed as the former Queen of France, Marie Antoinette.

It presents an intimate exploration between the individual, Helen and her persona, Marie. It delves into the abundance of everyday art and brings awareness to its importance within regional areas.


Q&A following the films with:

Harriet McKern

Harriet is an independent Director working in documentary and drama. She recently graduated as a mature age student from the International Film School Sydney(now AFFT) with Backwards Showgirl Variation, a comedy about older women in Sydney’s Inner West. Smile, her most recent film (2018) is motivated by her love of photography as well as being photographed at Flash Hub, a project that is ‘beautiful from the outside in’. Previous films include Lipstick (1994), Look Into My Eyes (1997) and A Once Smiling Woman (2001). In a long career Harriet has been General Manager of the Australian Directors Guild and Co-ordinator of Screen NSW’s development lab Aurora. She has also exhibited as a visual artist, dabbled in acting and co-ordinated the Screen Women Series II events to celebrate and nurture the talents of women filmmakers BUT her fifteen minutes of fame came at six month’s old, sitting in a private jet on John Lennon’s knee.

Please ensure your dates and times do not overlap.




October 28, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tower Cinemas
183-185 King Street
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