Mary Shelly Symposium 2017
RIDING IN JAGS WITH GHOSTS: THE CINEMA OF GAYLENE PRESTON
In 2001 Gaylene Preston was the first filmmaker to receive a Laureate Award from the NZ Arts Foundation. A prolific screenwriter, director and producer, her awards and achievements seem endless… but what about her trashier side?
She’s the woman who made a ghost story about a girl and her Jaguar in Mr Wrong (1983). Her sensibility, as evidenced by the disturbing yet weirdly amusing Perfect Strangers (2003) is anything but conventional. So where exactly do they sit on the genre spectrum? Does it matter? Preston’s career is long and varied, moving between drama and documentary, but there are common threads. She portrays women as outsiders, yet strong and idiosyncratic.
Deb Verhoeven is Professor and Chair of Media and Communications at Deakin University. Amongst her many accolades she was named Australia’s Most innovative Academic in 2013.
11am, Saturday 6 May 2017 | The Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre
$5 | or via 2017 SWMF FESTIVAL PASS