A SLEEPER HIT
September 2 - 6pm
GUEST: Rosemary Myers
Wind back the clock for a moment. It’s the evening before your 15th birthday. You’re sitting on your front porch watching the world go by. A fog of anxiety hangs over you. You’re desperately trying to hold on to the comfort and simplicity of your childhood. You teeter precariously on the threshold of a big scary new world, and like Alice down the rabbit hole, you’re about to tumble helplessly into adolescence.
FOMM's guest on September 2 is director Rosemary Myers, whose feature debut set in the flamboyant 1970’s, Girl Asleep, explores this very notion. Her central protagonist Greta Driscoll, on her 15th birthday, is flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous.
Girl Asleep has been a hit and audience favourite at festivals worldwide, and has been received very positively by critics. It just won The Age Critics Prize for best Australian film at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It's adapted from a hit stage play by Adelaide company Windmill Theatre.
Its production design is inventive and imaginative, beautifully reflecting not only 1970’s suburban Australia, but the fantasy world Greta enters. It features terrific performances from its two young leads, and luckily for all of us, it's about to go into national release.
To celebrate this fact, Friday On My Mind host Philippa Hawker will be talking to Rosemary about all things Girl Asleep including adapting a stage work for the screen, making a feature debut, writing for and about teenagers, having an unexpected hit, and doing a Seventies period film.
Bio: Rosemary Myers is the Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre, an award-winning national performing arts company based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Her directing credits for Windmill include the multi-award winning PINOCCHIO, THE WIZARD OF OZ, FUGITIVE, SCHOOL DANCE, BIG BAD WOLF and GIRL ASLEEP. A multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival and New York City’s New Victory Theatre.
Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and also the Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010. Rosemary has worked independently for ABC Television, Back to Back Theatre Company, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. In 2006, she was a Creative Director for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
GIRL ASLEEP is Rosemary’s feature film debut.
Fridays* at 6pm
Please note there is a limit of four tickets per person. Sessions are Unclassified 15+ but may occasionally include R18+ material.
Visit the AFTRS website for guest details and further information regarding the 2015 program.
Talks & Performances
ACMI & AFTRS Present Friday on My Mind: Melbourne
AFTRS Friday on My Mind
Talks and Performances
18 Mar - 11 Nov
Friday on My Mind is a series of fortnightly talks curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries.