The conscious (and unconscious) celebration of the male artistic “genius” is rife throughout the arts and perhaps more so in theatre where “visionary” and “iconoclastic” male directors can still be referred to as “wunderkind” well into their forties.
Recent VCA graduate, Sunday Emerson Gullifer’s short film Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, will screen in the “Filmmakers of Tomorrow” program of the 44th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, running from today until Monday.
The film is produced by fellow VCA graduate Alexandra George, and is one of only five student short films selected to screen at Telluride Film Festival this year and the only Australian film in this year’s program.
The 25 minute, black and white film is a drama set in a professional theatre company in which Lizzie (Matilda Ridgway) is playing Lady Macduff in a “bold and visceral” production of Macbeth directed by star director Helmut (Mark Leonard Winter) who “pushes the cast beyond their limits”.
“Lizzie is thrown into a dark and unacceptable world of onstage violence and brutality, causing her to question a life of commitment and sacrifice to her calling. A compelling, unsettling and triumphant examination of what it means to be a woman in a world that celebrates male genius,” reads the film’s synopsis.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow was highly commended at the Sydney Film Festival in June where it had its world premiere.