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WOMAN WITH AN EDITING BENCH
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WEST COAST Premiere | Australia, 2016, HD, 16 min.
SCREENING: COMP SHORTS 3, SAT, JUNE 3 @ 5PM

WRITER/DIR: Karen Pearlman
PRODS: Lyn Norfor, Richard James Allen, Karen Pearlman
CAST: Leeanna Walsman, Richard James Allen, Marcus Graham

Inspired by a true story, “Woman with an Editing Bench” celebrates Elizaveta Svilova, the editor of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece “Man with a Movie Camera” (#1 on the “Sight and Sound” list of Best Documentaries of all time). By referencing Stvilova’s own kinetically exhilarating montage style, “Woman with an Editing Bench” reveals her fierce tenacity and fleet thinking as she dodges the bureaucracy and sustains revolutionary filmmaking in spite of Stalin’s oppression. “Woman with an Editing Bench” is “a beautifully realised and brilliant homage to Svilova and a celebration of the art of film editing”, Lawrie Silverstrin, ASE, Australian Screen Editors Guild Newsletter, September 2016.

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