Women Over 50 Film Festival curated shorts
Presented as part of SHE’S CURIOUS, a programme of events and activities celebrating the imagination, creativity and private worlds of women through film taking place in July 2022 in Brighton & Hove and Lewes.
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Women Over 50 Film Festival curated shorts / 2019-20 / 90mins / Subtitled / Rated F
Q&A WOFFF founder and director, Nuala O’Sullivan in conversation with Brighton-based actor and star of Mid Life: The Skin We’re In, Karen Spicer
Lots of people worry about growing older. Many of us think it’s a time of decline, ill-health, reduced opportunities and loneliness. But research doesn’t back up this pessimistic view of later life. The U-cure of happiness shows that people are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks says, “Older people enjoy better mental health than the young or middle-aged. Dementia rates are falling, fast.”
So, what is life really like for women after 50? If you’re curious about older women’s desires, duties and dreams, then let the WOFFF curated shorts programme enlighten you. Join us for fascinating tales of women over 50 falling in love, caring through COVID, raging in menopause and fighting for battle rap glory. And let’s not forget the selfless vicar’s wife getting possessed by a strange force, unlocking a pleasurable side she never knew she had.
The Birth of Valerie Venus | Sarah Clift | UK | 2020 | Drama
The Exit Plan | Angus Wilkinson | Australia, UK | 2020 | Drama
There’s a Reason People Don’t Swim in Dresses | Andrew Brooks | UK | 2021 | Experimental
El Habbasa | Dania Elmor | Egypt 2019 | Documentary
Joy Uncensored | Natasha Hawthornthwaite | UK | 2020 | Documentary
Mid Life: The Skin We’re In | Lucy Richardson | UK | 2020 | Documentary
Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF) champions and showcases the work of older women on screen and behind the camera with an annual short film festival at Depot in September.
SHE’S CURIOUS meanders through the lives and experiences of women of all ages and abilities, shining a light on female narratives, secret places and private desires.
Curated and delivered in partnership by Screenshot, a network of alternative and independent film programmers in Brighton & beyond, SHE’S CURIOUS presents a selection of unique and unforgettable film experiences that showcase complex and intriguing female protagonists, as well as films that are led by female creators behind the screen.
Plus: Try out the One Bum Cinema Club booth and see an unexpected short animated film, chosen at random for you. This free, drop-in personal cinema experience will tour ACCA, Depot and The Old Market from 6 – 21 July 2022.
SHE’S CURIOUS is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.
Facilitated by Fabrica on behalf of Screen Shot, which promotes and supports alternative film events in Sussex. Screen Shot works with independent programmers, film clubs, festivals and community groups to help special events, pop-up screenings and live cinema events reach a wider audience.