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Irreverent, rule-breaking and impossible to define, Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller broke ground as the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar in 1977. An unabashed feminist and non-conformist, her films take the absurdities of society and turn them on their heads – the results are sometimes witty, sometimes shocking, always political. We’re celebrating her work with seven of her best films.

The Lizards (1963) and Ciao, Professore! (1992) will be introduced by Professor Jane Mills of the School of the Arts & Media University of New South Wales. Jane is a writer,  lecturer, editor, member of the Film Advisory panel for the Sydney Film Festival and Associate Programmer for the Antenna Documentary Festival.

The Seduction of Mimi (1972) and Swept Away (1974) will be introduced by Dr. Blythe Worthy of the English Department at the University of Sydney. Blythe is a postdoctoral researcher, tutor, Documentary, Film and Television Editor at the Australian Journal of American Studies and Coordinator of the Sydney Literature and Cinema Network.

Love and Anarchy (1973) will be introduced by Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs, who teaches Film Studies at the University of Sydney and is currently working on a large research project entitled ‘The Making of the Modern Action Film’. Read his ‘Great Movie Scenes’ column in The Conversation.

All Screwed Up (1974) will be introduced by Danielle McGrane, an entertainment reporter/producer and critic specialising in music, film and TV who regularly appears on ABC 702 Sydney’s Richard Glover critics show talking film and music.

Seven Beauties (1975) will be introduced by Associate Professor Giorgia Alu, who teaches Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests range from modern and contemporary Italian literature, Italian cultural and social history to comparative literature and visual studies.

Co-presented with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, and Cinema Reborn.