Film screening: Australian premiere of 'Girl From God's Country'

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 18:30 - 20:30

The documentary chronicles the life and work of silent filmmaker, Nell Shipman, and features interviews with both Jane Gaines and Shelly Stamp. Shipman was a courageous independent filmmaker whose adventure films involved daring stunts and the humane use of animal performers.

The unique contribution of Nell Shipman to the era of silent cinema is beautifully recorded in this charming documentary. Nell’s bravery and determination to maintain her independence from the emerging studio system is shown through a plethora of archival material, interviews with family members and experts in the field. This story will change the way you think about how women worked in the film industry and their true place in the history of film. According to this documentary, this is a history that warrants some serious reconsideration.

The director, Karen Day, has contributed a chapter which talks about the making of the documentary in the new publication 'Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema' (Supernova Books 2016). The book will be launched at the screening by Dr Amanda Coles and the film will be presented by Professor Barbara Creed. The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the director.

Booking essential. Ticket $10 full $8 concession

View the trailer.

This event is supported by the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network.


Event type

Film Screening


Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square Melbourne, Australia