Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Girls (and boys) on film

OK so as already mentioned, the Cycle 6 launch of Australia’s Next Top Model is tonight at 7.30pm on Fox 8. In what is shaping up to be a jam-packed model doco/film fortnight, 7.00pm tonight also sees a Sydney screening of the 2009 film Tiger, from the Sydney Beaufort collective that is (also as previously reported) headed up by Sydney actor/producer/comedian James McFay. Check the Facebook page for details - or watch this live stream, above. The film, a love story about two models in Tokyo, has had a number of screenings already, including one in LA, with a DVD launch in Sydney in March. This time it's being presented in collaboration with Anina Trepte’s 360 Fashion network. Then on the 23rd and 28th of July, the Melbourne International Film Festival will present two screenings of Picture Me (trailer below), made by model Sara Ziff and her partner Ole Schell.

Filmed on the road over five years, while Ziff was working the world’s runways, Picture Me takes a hard look at the modelling business – or as hard a look as you can without actually naming any names.

Launched last year - before the Terry Richardson controversy - the film recounts many troubling anecdotes about the modelling business.

Model Sena Cech reports that during one casting session she was asked by the photographer to undress and grab his genitals.

Another story, which was cut from the film prior to its release at the request of the model in question, concerns the alleged sexual assault of a 16 year-old by one of the world’s “top” photographers.

Check the Festival's website for details.


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