Towner Film

Foreign Language: Girlhood

Sat 4 Aug | 4.30pm

Sixteen-year-old Marieme, excluded at school and living in fear of her overbearing brother at home, is struggling to navigate the pitfalls of teenage existence when she’s welcomed into a girl-gang who, re-branding her Vic (short for Victory), teach her to take what she wants rather than ask for it.

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Film – Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Sun 5 Aug | 4.30pm

From the Sex Pistols to eco-activism, Vivienne Westwood is, without a doubt, one of fashion’s most iconic figures. With that mop of shocking orange hair, swearing her way through interviews, Westwood makes for a hugely entertaining subject for Lorna Tucker’s documentary portrait. The film neatly balances the past with the present: archival footage, talking heads and conversations with the woman herself (a reluctant interviewee: “do we have to cover every bit of it, you know?”) accompany footage of the designer at work today, the head of her fashion empire.

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Queer Film: Beau Travail

Sun 5 Aug | 2.00pm

Loosely based on Herman Melville’s novel, Billy Budd: Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, remembers his days leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. When a handsome recruit arrives, Galoup’s fragile existence is threatened. A stunning exploration of masculinity in crisis.

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Film – Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Thu 9 Aug | 2.00pm

From the Sex Pistols to eco-activism, Vivienne Westwood is, without a doubt, one of fashion’s most iconic figures. With that mop of shocking orange hair, swearing her way through interviews, Westwood makes for a hugely entertaining subject for Lorna Tucker’s documentary portrait. The film neatly balances the past with the present: archival footage, talking heads and conversations with the woman herself (a reluctant interviewee: “do we have to cover every bit of it, you know?”) accompany footage of the designer at work today, the head of her fashion empire.

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Film: I Am Not A Witch

Sat 11 Aug | 2.00pm

Eight-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft in Rungano Nyoni’s critically-acclaimed debut feature. Faced with the options of accepting her supernatural branding and living a tethered life as a sorceress, or to cutting her ties with local tradition to be transformed into a goat that may be killed and eaten for supper, Shula ends up at the local “witch camp”. What follows is a bewilderingly funny tragi-comic tale that veers into magical surrealism.

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Documentary – Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami

Sat 11 Aug - Sun 12 Aug | 11 August, 4.30pm / 12 August, 2.00pm

Sophie Fiennes’ portrait documentary, Bloodlight and Bami, takes Grace Jones as its subject, seeking to find the person behind the icon through electrifying performances interlaced with personal at-home footage. Fiennes began filming in the mid-2000s and follows Grace on-stage and off, as she travels back home to Jamaica to visit her family, catching her off-guard and at her most uninhibited, playing the roles of, not only performer, but also mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.

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Film: I Am Not A Witch

Sun 12 Aug | 4.30pm

Eight-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft in Rungano Nyoni’s critically-acclaimed debut feature. Faced with the options of accepting her supernatural branding and living a tethered life as a sorceress, or to cutting her ties with local tradition to be transformed into a goat that may be killed and eaten for supper, Shula ends up at the local “witch camp”. What follows is a bewilderingly funny tragi-comic tale that veers into magical surrealism.

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Family Film: Persepolis

Sun 12 Aug | 10.30am

Written and directed by Marjane Satrapi, with Vincent Paronnaud, from her autobiographical graphic novel of the same name, Persepolis tells the story of Marjane’s youth as a punk-loving teenager growing up in Iran. Moving to Europe in her teens to continue her chaotic education, Marjane begins to find her place in the world. Told in beautiful monochromatic black and white animation, Persepolis was the winner of the Jury prize and nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2007.

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Film: I Am Not A Witch

Thu 16 Aug | 2.00pm

Eight-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft in Rungano Nyoni’s critically-acclaimed debut feature. Faced with the options of accepting her supernatural branding and living a tethered life as a sorceress, or to cutting her ties with local tradition to be transformed into a goat that may be killed and eaten for supper, Shula ends up at the local “witch camp”. What follows is a bewilderingly funny tragi-comic tale that veers into magical surrealism.

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Film – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Sat 18 Aug | 2.00pm

Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria, first gained notoriety in 1933 by appearing nude in steamy German flick, Ecstasy. In 1937, she was discovered by Louis B. Mayer in Paris and signed to MGM, returning to Hollywood, he began to promote her as the “world’s most beautiful woman in the world”. While starring opposite Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Powell, Hedy toyed with inventing in her spare time. The result, discovered during WWII, was a radio system we now use as the basis for bluetooth and wifi. Long overdue for rediscovery, Hedy’s story has to be seen to be believed.

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