DIRECTOR | GIANNA MAZZEO
Directing a film for Calendar Girls finally gave me the opportunity I'd been waiting for to dive headfirst into feminist film. Quite honestly, I've always been a little apprehensive to broach the delicate topic, however, meeting my muse, Pheroza Shaikh-Barnett, and hearing her stories really gave me the push I needed.
'Miss Pisces' is my answer to all of the snide remarks, upturned noses and mansplaining we've all had the displeasure of experiencing. It is a surreal, allegorical story of resilience, individualism and empowerment.
I wanted to take viewers to a surreal dream-like realm that celebrates absurdity and grotesqueness in an attempt to reveal beauty in a space in which most people wouldn't bother to look.
In the film, Pheroza drapes herself across the lavish fish display and teaches the ignorant customer a lesson in open-mindedness. She reclaims common backward notions of women as pieces of meat and irrational witches and transforms them into powerful assets.
Hopefully upon watching the Miss Pisces instalment of Calendar Girls, we can all find the courage to fill our discriminators' pockets with seafood of the utmost pungence.
PRODUCEDY BY | INDOOR FOUNTAINS + DUNJA VOJNOVIC
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | DAVID RUSANOW
ART DIRECTOR | PHEBE SCHMIDT
EDITOR | GRETA ROBENSTONE
SOUND recordist + operator | Brendan Muller
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | ALEXANDRA GEORGE
ASSISTANT CAMERA | SRINI MADHAVAN
GAFFER | Joel Green
BEST BOY | TIM SHAW
ART ASSISTANT | SHANAHBELLE MACDONALD
MAKE UP | GEORGIA GAILLARD
Hair stylist | PHOENIX LY
Script EDITOR | Victoria Hermitage
COLOurist | CIARA gallogly
Composer | hayden somerville
STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER | KHEIRA NICOLE
GRAPHIC DESIGN | PLAY ON PLAY STUDIO
This film has been made on stolen land belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations. We pay our respect to elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.