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Don’t let the bastards grind you down

Wednesday 22nd November

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Brave, angry and passionate women lead this programme of short films to open the eighth edition of Underwire Festival. With perseverance and sisterhood, they face challenges head-on. Whatever the outcomes, the women in these films show characters who persist, resist and stand up.

Join the Underwire team and filmmakers in the BFI Blue Room for drinks after the screening.

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LAWS OF THE GAME 

Zeola is a single mother whose life alternates between her job as a prison guard and her career as a football referee in the men’s league. In her attempt to obtain the international FIFA Badge in an official referee test, Zeola is confronted not only with her own insecurities, but also with the unfairness of the world around her.

Nominated for: Producing Award – Regina Seifert

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DESTINATION

Discontented Uber driver Beca is at a crossroads in her life, and she’s just discovered she’s pregnant. At 29 with a devoted boyfriend she “should” keep it. But is that what Beca wants?

Nominated for: Acting Award – Hannah Daniel

Playground4

PLAYGROUND

Insomnia takes over Kate’s life as she drifts between day and night. When her sister visits, the real reason behind her sleep pattern emerges.

Nominated for: Acting Award – Hannah Almond

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DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN

Young girl searches for a safe haven in an urban landscape and finds solace in her own creative expression.

Nominated for: Acting Award – Elly Herbert

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TO THE FRONT

A group of unacquainted women, with no musical experience, have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform live.

Nominated for: XX Award

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Team Row like a Girl, Lauren Morton (26), Bella Collins (23), Olivia Bolesworth (27) and Georgina Purdy (23) have written their names into the history books by being the fastest females* to ever have rowed the Atlantic in the world’s toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  

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In 2013, I attempted to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. After 96 days at sea we were rescued just 400 miles short of the finish line. For 2 years I felt like a failure. In December 2015, I went back to try once more. This is my story.

Nominated for: XX Award

I Feel Femme3

I FEEL FEMME 

A performative poetry film cycle ‘I Feel Femme’, explores male & female archetypes, such as the Madonna & Whore or The Hipster & Geek, using both humour & pathos to highlight themes of misogyny, fetish, vulnerability and control.

Nominated for: XX Award

The Good Mother2

THE GOOD MOTHER (LA MADRE BUENA)

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request – a Donald Trump piñata.

Nominated for: Directing Award – Sarah Clift

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FREE PERIOD

When schoolgirl Leanne doesn’t have enough money to buy a tampon she stuffs her knickers with toilet paper and ends up bleeding in front of her class. Leanne overcomes this humiliation with a shocking act of rebellion – against a bully, a teacher, and against the stigma which acts as a barrier to her needs.

Nominated for: Writing Award – Alison Piper, XX Award

 

DETAILS

Wednesday 22 November | 6:10pm

Running time | 87 minutes, followed by a filmmaker Q&A

Venue | BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT

Tickets | £8.80

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