In 1600, nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) inherits his parents' house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp), who demands of the young man “Do not fade. Do not wither. Do not grow old”. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as a female to retain her property as the centuries roll by.

About the Director
Sally Potter

Charlotte Sally Potter was born in London on 19 September 1949 into an artistic background.  She determined to be a film director long before she left school at the age of sixteen.  She studied at St Martin’s School of Art and at the London School of Contemporary Dance. Potter apprenticed as a filmmaker at the London Filmmakers’ Co-op, which she joined in the late 1960s. Between 1969 and 1971 she made several short experimental films exploring cinematic time and space. Most of these early films are multi-screen pieces: Black and White (1969) is an eight-minute, two-screen piece; and Play (1971), at fifteen minutes, uses a double-screen format to ‘play’ with cinematic space in a film about children playing on a street. Daily (1971) and Combines (1972) are experiments in expanded cinema, combining live performances of music and dance with multiscreen film projections. During the 1970s, Potter toured as a dancer, choreographer, musician and performance artist: with Alston’s Strider dance company, with the Limited Dance Company, co-founded with Jacky Lansley, with performance artist Rose English, and with fellow musicians in the Feminist Improvisation Group (FIG). After making “Thriller” in 1979 she went on to direct her first 35mm feature film “Golddiggers.”  Other films she has directed include, “Orlando” (1992), “The Tango Lesson” (1997) and “The Man who Cried” (2000).

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About Ibis International Film Festival (IIFF)

IIFF returns in 2021 and will showcase the short form talents of university students, local Brisbane and national filmmakers along with a curated collection of feature films screenings from local and international film makers.

In its second year on the UQ calendar, IIFF brings some of the best of international film, and local and student films to Brisbane audiences.

About this year's theme
Women in Motion
This year we are curating a program that spotlights the contributions of women in film. From the pioneers that helped shine the spotlight on female filmmakers, to those that have continued to push the boundaries and advance the art of filmmaking today - we take our hats of to the fabulous women of cinema, both in front of the camera and behind.


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