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26 June

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A look at the 2014 Dendy films

Film reviewer and filmmaker, CJ Johnson, looks at the 2014 Dendys after Metro Screen’s Dendy Filmmakers Q & A at the Sydney Film Festival.

Having chaired a panel on Women In Film at the Sydney Film Festival a week before the Dendy Shorts this year, gender representation was on my mind, and this year’s films were an interesting counterpoint to the last couple of years. In 2013 Best Film went to Miranda Nation’s Perception and the field (of the seven live action films) had two female directors; in 2012 there were four; this year, none.

I don’t mention this with a gender agenda - it is inevitable that gender representation will ebb and flow - but it was interesting to see a batch of films this year that took an intense dramatic look at masculinity. Four of the live action dramas were focused this way, with one - Richard Hughes’ bold and original MAN - wearing its theme proudly in its title. Straight Drama - as opposed to genre - was the order of the day this year.

Comedy was once again woefully under-represented, with only one live action film - Dave Wade’s extremely funny Welcome To Iron Nob - absolutely a comedy above all else. I don’t know whether this is indicative of the films being made, the films being submitted or the films being chosen, but whichever it is, it shows that, when it comes to the Dendys, the funny remains very much out of fashion - neither of the last two years were full of laughs either.

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