Sydney Film Festival makes perfect sense as the location for the World Premiere of Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, named for a well-known, picturesque suburb in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region. The film follows a group of old friends who reunite for a birthday party where festivities take a back-seat to more complex aspects of their interpersonal relationships, with repressed tensions and carefully kept secrets threatening to explode.Read more
The Bentonville Film Festival will honor actor Jamie Brewer with the “See It, Be It” Award, which highlights a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media. The American Horror Story actor will be honored for her unwavering commitment to representing and championing those with intellectual disabilities both on screen and off, ensuring media accurately reflects the real world.Read more
At New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, multi-hyphenate entertainer Queen Latifah talked about how she is using her latest endeavor, The Queen Collective Shorts, will elevate women filmmakers and advance gender and racial equality behind the camera.Read more
Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt, founding artistic director of New York’s Colt Coeur theater, has been attached to the political drama Contested, to be produced by Kettle Cove Productions. It will mark her feature film directing debut.Read more
In her more than two-decade acting career, Linda Cardellini has earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, co-starred in Oscar-winning films, earned cult TV status and played a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the underrated performer didn’t get the chance to play a leading role in a studio movie until the new horror movie The Curse of La Llorona.Read more
Only three of the 18 films in competition last year were from female filmmakers — Cannes’ best showing since 2011.
The initial lineup for France’s Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, and there’s good news and bad news for women directors. With the announcement of this year’s lineup, Cannes has a new best since 2011 for female filmmakers … because four will have their work in the main competition at the 72nd fest.
Written and directed by Jennifer DeLia, Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pickford Manifesto stars Sophie Kennedy Clark as the iconic actress who, known as “America’s Sweetheart.” became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent film era.Read more
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello will make her feature acting debut in a new movie version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. Cabello will not only star in the project, set up at Sony’s Columbia label, but also will be integrally involved in the music for the film. Sony is putting the project on the fast track.Read more
Captain Marvel last week official surpassed $1 billion in global ticket sales, becoming he seventh film in the Marvel CinematicRead more
The American Film Institute has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study gender parity in the history of American filmRead more