Monster Fest

Final Tickets Released for Tonight’s RAW Preview & Panel ‘Horror in the Eyes of Women’!

19 April 2017

Melbourne, you’re in luck as Cinema Nova have moved tonight’s RAW advance screening and discussion panel to a larger cinema, subsequently a handful of tickets have just been released but hurry as they’re likely to sell out within the hour!

About the panel:
The so-called ‘male gaze’ has dominated horror cinema of the past, creating a screen culture of scream queens, dispensable sluts, chaste virgins and monstrous vagina dentatas. As maligned as the word ‘horror’ may be, more and more female filmmakers are being attracted to the creativity of expression that the horror genre encourages. But does a woman filmmaker’s gaze differ to men? Are we seeing a new form of horror emerging through the eyes of women? An all-female panel of film critics, academics and horror aficionados considers ‘Horror in the Eyes of Women’ using Julia Ducournau’s stunning debut film RAW as the central film for discussion.

About the panellists:

Clem Bastow is a comedian, screenwriter and award-winning journalist. Her work appears regularly in The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper. She produced and presented two seasons of the award-winning Dancing About Architecture for C31, and was a member of the RocKwiz ‘Brains Trust’ for five years. Her feature screenplay, Farewell Tour, is currently in development.

Barb Creed is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of six books in feminist film theory, gender & horror including The Monstrous-Feminine: film, feminism, psychoanalysis (1993) and Phallic Panic: film, horror & the primal uncanny (2009). Her recent research is in animal studies, ethics and the inhuman. Her new book is Stray: human-animal ethics in the Anthropocene (Power Publications, 2017). She has been on the boards of Writers Week and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and a film critic for The Age, ABC radio and The Big Issue.

Philippa Hawker writes on film for The Australian. She wrote on film and the arts for The Age, and taught creative writing at the School of Studies in Creative Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a former editor of Cinema Papers.

Cerise Howard is the Artistic Director of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia, a committee member of the Melbourne Cinémathèque and a co-founding member of tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival. A film critic on 3RRR’s ‘Plato’s Cave’, she has written for Senses of CinemaBright Lights Film JournalThe Age and The Big Issue; and participated in juries, panels and workshops at film festivals in Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Australia. Cerise also plays bass in The Homo sapiens, Yana Alana’s band for her forthcoming ‘Queen Kong’ shows.

Emma Westwood (Host) is a film writer who was arts editor for The Music (formerly Inpress). She is the author of two books on cinema, Monster Movies (Oldcastle Books, 2008) and The Fly (Auteur Publishing, upcoming in 2017), a monograph about David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake. She has written about cinema and the arts for publications such as The Age, Metro, Empire, Fangoria and Senses of Cinema, and has penned a treatment for a prequel to the notorious Australian horror ‘classic’ Houseboat Horror. Emma also appears weekly as a film critic on 3RRR’s ‘Plato’s Cave’.

About the film:
Making its World Premiere at Cannes Critics Week where it won the coveted FIPRESCI Prize, RAW left audiences aghast with some of the most shocking and powerful on-screen imagery since Gaspar Noe’s IRREVERSIBLE. The atmosphere in the cinema that day was one of the most electric the Monster team had ever witnessed – from the start we could sense a nervous anticipation in the room, and then, from the very first scene, it kicks you in the head with a power that is raw and fierce. RAW is one of the finest directorial debuts in the genre space in a long time, it tells the story of a teenage girl who joins her sister at a prestigious veterinary college, and is forced to partake in a hazing ritual that sees her defying her vegan upbringing by consuming raw rabbit liver. From here she develops an insatiable desire for flesh – of all types, and what we witness is a coming-of-age like no other, an awakening that is carnal and primal and that takes its central character, and its viewing audience, on a journey that is simultaneously harrowing and beautiful. Filmmaker Julia Ducournau has made a something very special here, a gorgeous cinematic exploration of family and cannibalism, a film that’ll seep its way deep into your psyche and resonate long after the closing credits – make no mistake, this is one of the films of the year.

RAW opens in cinemas across Australia & New Zealand on April 20.