WTFemme: Female Cyberbodies in Science Fiction

SIFF WTF programmer Colleen O'Holleran leads this lecture/discussion on the depiction of robotic women in science fiction.

What The Femme

April 27, 2019

Welcome to What The Femme!; a SIFF Education series exploring female-representing character archetypes in cinema through analyzing the roles of women in horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. Each session will explore one female character archetype through three primary films, though more will be referenced. This education extension of SIFF's WTF Festival programming is curated by Colleen O'Holleran.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Female Cyberbodies in Science Fiction 1:00 PM

Class Specifics:
$20 | $15 SIFF Members - Individual Class

Female Cyberbodies in Science Fiction
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM | SIFF Film Center
Female androids have been present in cinema since since the early days of film. Since Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927), female cyberbodies have highlighted gender norms of the times. In this session, programmer Colleen O'Holleran will lead a discussion on the depiction of robotic women in science fiction with a focused analysis of The Fifth Element , both versions of The Stepford Wives, and Alex Garland's Ex Machina.
Recommended Pre-viewing: The Fifth Element (1997)The Stepford Wives (1975 and 2004), Ex Machina (2014)

About the Instructor:
With over 10 years' experience supporting the arts as a board member and consultant, Colleen O'Holleran pairs her industry background in genre cinema with the passion of a die-hard fan. Colleen is a program manager for Landesa where she leads capacity development and network-building projects related to women's land rights. She has worked in Africa, Asia, and the Americas as an instructor and facilitator. As a programmer for SIFF's WTF lineup, Colleen is committed to curating the very best films from around the world for audiences to enjoy.

About What The Femme:
Each WTFemme session will explore through lecture and conversation: How does the male gaze influence the dimensionality of the character? How have these character archetypes evolved or changed over time based on societal politics and norms? What are thematic similarities or differences in plots with a particular archetype? Prepare to analyze female characters in your favorite films while expanding your list of movies to watch as you discuss both the problematic and empowering depictions of women in genre cinema.