Focus on Girls 24/7

From desperate housewives to rampaging teenage anarchists, 'the girls' are up front in these stylistically brazen films by women directors from the sixties and early seventies.

The films brought together in Focus on Girls 24/7 each signal a unique creative vision behind the lens. The contradictory impulses of the modern woman are rendered on screen in bold, unfettered performances from the leading actresses.

Curated by Clare Stewart, in association with Sydney Film Festival

Friday 3 July - Sunday 12 July 2009
Full $13, Concession $10
6 Session Package: Full $60, Concession $48
NB > 6 Session Packages can only be purchased by phone (03 8663 2583) or in person at the ACMI Box Office. All sessions must be selected at time of booking.

Seen collectively, these films raise questions about the attainability of personal and social freedom in an era when 'liberation' was the main prize. Seen apart, each film is an enduring classic from one of the most vital eras in the history of cinema.

Cleo from 5 to 7

Cleo banters with her maid, jams with fellow musicians and bickers with her older lover, all the while waiting to receive test results for cancer.


A wickedly inventive rampage against work, war, men and materialism, two girls decide that the world has gone bad and so should they.

Jeanne Dielman

Arthouse goddess Delphine Seyrig plays a middle-aged widow, mother, homemaker and prostitute whose routine existence is unravelling.


Hapless, drifting Wanda abandons her banal family life in a small mining town and unwittingly latches onto a petty crook.

Sparrows Can't Sing

Charlie returns from two years at sea to find his 'two-up-two-down' demolished and his wife Maggie shacked up with a bus driver.

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

Accused of being a terrorist collaborator, and with police and journalists conspiring to break her, Katherine Blum becomes an unwilling celebrity.


Nadezhda, a former fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist, struggles to stay connected to her daughter whose politics are decidedly 'new generation'.

The Girls

Three actresses preparing to perform in Aristophanes' play Lysistrata muse on its resonance with the oppressive forces in their private lives.

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