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Women’s Gallery group 1982

Tēnā koutou katoa.

The gender pay gap in the arts is an old story. From 1980–1984 the determined women pictured tried to change that. And made a difference, thanks to government employment programmes, run by the Labour Department.

But forty years later, the latest figures show that women artists earn 21% less overall than men artists. That means they earn 79 cents for every dollar a man artist earns. If only arts-related income is counted, the gap is an extraordinary 45%, 55 cents for every dollar (Creative New Zealand/New Zealand on Air 2019). …

I was refreshed when I read what So Mayer wrote about ‘archive ache’ a month ago.

I’ve felt a lot of that ache over the last few years, reviewing and adding to the Women’s Gallery/Spiral archives in the Alexander Turnbull Library (ATL), with help from many others.

I *think* and *hope* the review’s nearly over and that in the coming week I’ll make my last visit to ATL.

So it was special to see this in yesterday’s paper.

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DomPost Saturday 31 October 2020

And to recall that 35 years ago, the view out the window was about the same except there’s more lavender and the fruit trees have grown. …

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Women Make Waves 2020

This update is research for an eBook.

Please let me know if you’d like me to change the entry for your festival! Or to add your festival if I’ve missed it.


Everything’s changed since I started this page in 2011–13, hoping to encourage women’s film festival tourism, and I miss some of the festivals that have closed, like the legendary Bluestocking Film Series.

There’s now broader awareness of the equity issues facing women filmmakers. Broader awareness of gender fluidity. More actions that reflect a commitment to intersectionality and inclusion.

Some festivals established since 2011, like Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māoriland (Ōtaki), consistently select equal numbers of films directed by women and by men. …

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Raqi at Bringing VFX to the Table 2020 (photo: Azikiwe Aboagye)

Aotearoa New Zealand is rich in extraordinary multi-hyphenates. Writer and artist Raqi Syed is one of them.

This year, her MINIMUM MASS: ‘a film experience by Raqi Syed & Areito Echevarria’, has been selected for three prestigious festivals — Tribeca, Venice and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, where it won the Cristal for VR works. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington.

Raqi began her career in feature animation as a Lighting Artist for Disney Feature Animation on films such as Meet the Robinsons and Tangled. …

by Heather McPherson (2004)

I found this on an old CD, had forgotten Heather ever interviewed me! So here it is. — Marian Evans

You’ve chosen this medium — film-making — subsequent to being an artist and publisher. Can you talk about why?

I’d often thought about making films. But I’d never felt enough of an artist to make super 8 films on my own like, say, Joanna Paul. Especially as I tend to think in long, costly, sequences. Digital film-making changed everything. …

To mark the anniversary of the Christchurch massacre, on 15 March 2019, Green MP Jan Logie hosted a screening of Rouzie Hassanova’s Radiogram, organised by #directedbywomen #aotearoa.

It was just before New Zealand’s first Covid-19 lockdown, in March 2020.

We got together for a drink and a snack at Backbenchers, along with our lovely photographer Adrienne Martyn, and then crossed to Parliament’s Beehive theatrette. (Since then New Zealanders have become very familiar with this venue, where almost-daily Covid-19 press conferences are streamed, with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, other Ministers and the Legendary Dr Ashley Bloomfield.)

Lorna Kanavatoa welcomed us all in the voice of the mana whenua, Taranaki Te Ātiawa, and introduced Jan as ‘one of our local Porirua people who we’re so proud of having amongst us and who speaks on our behalf’. …

Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ screened at New Zealand’s Parliament on 13 July 2020. This post has two parts. The first was written as background before the screening. The second includes some photographs from the event and a link to audio recordings from it.

Part 1: Screening Background

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ will screen at New Zealand’s Parliament, in the Beehive Theatrette, on 13 July, as one of the #DirectedByWomen #Aotearoa pop-up screenings. …

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L-R: Becky Kuek, Madeleine Sami & Jacki van Beek, Ana Scotney, Paloma Schneideman, Abba Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa, Florence Noble

The New Zealand Film Commission has provided a Gender Scholarship every year since 2015 (in previous years for cinematographers, directors, wāhine Māori directors and Pacific Island screen writers). And this year, five $10,000 scholarships have been awarded to women in comedy, selected by uber-multihyphenates Madeline Sami and Jackie Van Beek (remember e.g. their The Breaker Upperers?) from 120 applications by a range of comedy creators, working in print, stage, film, television and online.

“We were absolutely blown away that over 120 amazingly talented and hilarious women applied for the gender scholarship! The calibre and variety of talent from producers to writers, performers and directors was inspiring and made it extremely challenging to choose the final five recipients,” said Jackie and Madeleine. …

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We’re in lockdown. And many of us with children, including those who are paid to work at home, need ways to enrich our environments. Especially as playgrounds, swimming pools and libraries are all closed. Home schooling is new to most so that’s a challenge too.

Sometimes the children we love are hunkered down somewhere else, but we can still be in touch of course: the other morning, I learned from my cousin that she’s reading to her beloved small grandchildren on Facetime. Inspiration!

And then Thalia, one of the generous people who run The Sapling, about children’s books — it’s great! …

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Births, Deaths and Marriages was a highlight of last year’s New Zealand International Film Festival for me, one of only two local features selected by the festival. It is a heart-warming, funny tale about an Irish family in the Hutt Valley, shot when Bea Joblin its writer/director/producer was 20.



Marian Evans. Stories by & about women artists, writers and filmmakers. Global outlook, from Aotearoa New Zealand.

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