Filmme Fatales issue #7
Wanting space, feeling overwhelmed by space, being stuck in a space you need to escape, getting lost in space—these are the feelings, ideas and motivations behind the stories and artwork in issue #7 of the Melbourne-made, internationally-read feminist film zine Filmme Fatales.
Edited by Brodie Lancaster—who interviews documentary filmmaker Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) and Leah Meyerhoff, founder of the coincidentally named collective of women filmmakers, Film Fatales, in this issue–Filmme Fatales issue #7 is 110 lovingly prepared pages of essays, criticism, ideas, jokes, pictures and short fiction designed by Hope Lumsden-Barry with Stuart Geddes, and encased in a Risograph-printed cover featuring photography by Shriya Samavai.
Inside, you’ll find a heartfelt recount of Mae Whitman’s favourite films, which the actress prepared with artist and musician Charlie Brand; a lament about the fates of lesbian movie characters by Alexandra Donald; a tribute to the house from Dogs in Space, featuring an interview with director Richard Lowenstein, by Emily Naismith; an interview with director and actress Joyce Wu by Chrissy Rhee; a look at the stubbornness and resilience of women writers on film by Elisa Armstrong; a taxonomy of the spaces Andie inhabits in Pretty in Pink by Greer Clemens; a primer on sci-fi movies by Sinead Stubbins; an ode to Adrian Lyne, the next filmmaker who is inevitably due to experience a Sofia Coppola-style Tumblr resurgence by Natalie Guevara; short fiction inspired by Los Angeles, psychics and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Bea Helman; an examination of James Cameron’s reputation as a feminist filmmaker by Clem Bastow; a search for a female hero in the Wild West by Naomi Morris; a look at the liminal spaces in aspirational rom-coms by Philippa Snow; a eulogy for Max & Lenny’s friendship by Nina Serova; a delineation of the physical spaces that Iris Apfel inhabits; an alien visitor’s report back to its home planet by Emma Marie Jones; and a considered look at what it means and how it feels to be a woman alone in a cinema by Eloise Grills.
These pieces are complemented by original artwork by Minna Gilligan, Chrissy Lau, Derek Erdman, Caitlin Hazell, Esme Blegvad, Grace Easton, Ruby Aitken, Aimee Bee Brooks, Mai Ly Degnan, Serene Reilly, Tegan Iversen and Charlie Brand.