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Joys of the Women (1992)1 hour documentary co-production with Realworld Pictures for ABC
A moving, humourous and sometimes quirky music documentary about a group of larger-than-life characters who win fans wherever they go. The film focuses on a number of members of the Fremantle Women's Choir The Joys of the Women, who have defied sex role conventions and cultural constraints to realise their long held passions. Singer/songwriter Kavisha Mazzella is the main motivating force behind the women, finding lost songs from generations gone by and bringing them back to life through the Choir.
Screened to critical acclaim in cinemas across Australia before being broadcast on the ABC. Nominated for a Dendy Award at the Sydney Film Festival and for Best Documentary by the Film Critics Circle of Australia in 1993. Invited to screen at the Treizieme Bilan du Film Ethnographique in Paris.
Joys of the Women 20th Anniversary ScreeningDirector Franco Di Chiera's The Joys of the Women documentary is about to relive its glorious past with a special screening to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Luna Cinema. The night includes live performances by The Joys of the Women Choir and Kavisha Mazella, Member of the Order of Australia, award-winning singer/songwriter and founder of the Choir. A Special Q&A with Di Chiera and Mazella follows the screening. Luna Cinemas Leederville, Thursday 29 November 6.45pm for a 7pm start.
Nominated, Dendy Awards, 1993 Sydney Film Festival.
Invited to screen at the Festival dei Popoli, Florence and the Treizieme Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Paris.
Nominated, Best Documentary by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, 1993.