Kalki Koechlin shines as Laila in Margarita, With a Straw – Indian film opens #VIWIFF2015

Kalki Koechlin as Laila in Margarita, with a Straw

Kalki Koechlin as Laila in Margarita, with a Straw

By Manjit Bains

I’m not sure if this is a film I can tell you to watch.

How open are you when it comes to controversial topics surrounding coming of age? When you watch Hindi films, do you turn away from the screen when they’re about to kiss? If so, then this is not the film for you.

Margarita With a Straw is a beautiful film about love and balance, in whatever form that may take.

It is the story of Laila (Kalki Koechlin), a young girl in the process of becoming a woman. Continue reading

Profile: Contest Mentor and Director/Producer Rachel Talalay

Rachel TRachel Talalay has worked as a director, producer, and writer in film and television over 25 years – in the UK, the US and Canada.

In 2014 she became the 7th woman to direct Doctor Who in its 51-year history, shooting the two-part finale of Series 8.

Her eclectic resume includes directing Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead (Nightmare on Elm Street 6), Wind in the Willows, award-winning mini-series (Terminal City, Durham County and Dice) and more than 70 hours of television in the US, UK and Canada from Ally McBeal to Without a Trace, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) to Touching Evil. Continue reading

Q & A with screenwriter and former VIWIFF programmer Roslyn Muir

RoslynRoslyn Muir is a Praxis-award winning screenwriter, novelist, story editor and instructor, with a recently produced feature, The Birdwatcher, and two produced MOWs, Anatomy of Deception and Reluctant Witness, and a third in pre-production. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is a member of the WGC and Women in Film + Television Vancouver. In fact, Roslyn was the festival programmer for four years.

We speak with Roslyn about her upcoming feature The Birdwatcher and her work as a writer. Continue reading

500 days without a shower – Documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan preps her new adventure

Dianne Whelan with her 18-year old Jack Russell, Lily, on Granville Street. August 22, 2014. Photo by Katja De Bock

Dianne Whelan with her 18-year old Jack Russell, Lily, on Granville Street. August 22, 2014. Photo by Katja De Bock

If you’re experiencing the moviemaker blues it’s time to get inspired by local WIFTV member, journalist and photographer-turned-filmmaker Dianne Whelan. If you know Whelan’s former work, you’ll remember her expeditions to the Canadian Arctic and Mount Everest’s base camp, both turning into award-winning films.

“I made 55 days without a shower on Everest, and might break the record on the next project,” says Whelan, whose next expedition may well lead to 500 days in the dirt. “I’m trying to be the first person in history to do the [entire] Trans Canada Trail.”  Continue reading

VIWIFF 2014 lined up

Hello Women in Film members and friends!

As the Chair of the Festival Committee, I am so excited to announce to you all the lineup for our 9th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 6-9th 2014.

With all the dust of decision-making settled (and believe me the process was dust raising), we are super-excited to announce our opening night feature is the B.C. premiere of Karen Lam’s supernatural thriller Evangeline.

Evangeline

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Oscars 2012: Where are the female directors?

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

Check out this article in thestar.com, again bemoaning the lack of female directors up for an oscar this year. Quotes by our very own Roslyn Muir and Carol Whiteman. To read the full article, click here.