Femme Film Fridays: Sweetie

Film Screening and Discussion

November 18, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Kay is tentatively beginning an affair with a young man, when Sweetie--her mentally disturbed sister--re-enters her and her family's lives, throwing everything into turmoil.

Sweetie is plump, lively and somewhat delusional, standing in sharp contrast to her wiry and gloomy sister, Kay, a sullen factory worker. Kay is pulled out of her day-to-day existence by Sweetie's return to their town, and the girls attempt to reconnect with their parents, Flo and Gordon, who are undergoing serious marital problems. As the family spends time together, their many issues rise to the surface.

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Sweetie as part of the Femme Film Fridays series, a film series highlighting the cinematic works of women, both behind and in front of the camera. This inaugural season's theme is 'Choices'.

  • Included with your ticket is a 6:00 p.m. welcoming reception with a cash bar.
  • Film screening from 7:00 p.m.- 8:40 p.m.
  • Q&A following the screening with Karen Skloss and Holly Herrick.
  • Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.



Film Details

Rating: R. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Starring: Geneviève LemonKaren ColstonTom Lycos
Director: Jane Campion
Writers: Jane Campion (screenplay & original story idea), Gerard Lee (screenplay)
Runtime: 97 min.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release year: 1989

About the Film
  • Sweetie was Campion's feature film debut and won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, and a New Generation Award with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
  • One of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project.
  • Filmed in Sydney and Warren, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Won Australian Film Institute's Best Original Screenplay
About the Filmmaker

Jane Campion (1954-present) is a screenwriter, director, and producer from New Zealand. Campion is the second of four women nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is the first female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for directing and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Campion began her career as a painter and then went on to study at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, making several more short films before she graduated.

In 1982, Campion's first competition short film, Peel, won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Films Festival. Campion has received resounding international attention for her feature films, and has worked on the serial Top of the Lake, a miniseries that has received universal acclaim for which Campion was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. Campion's cinematic works have been noted as "perhaps the fullest and truest way of being faithful to the reality of experience" by Sue Gillett of Sense of Cinema.

About the Guest Speakers

Karen Skloss is an award-winning filmmaker with work shown on HBO, in the Museum of Modern Art, in wide theatrical release and in film festivals internationally.

Holly Herrick is Head of Film and Creative Media at Austin Film Society. She leads the film programming team for the AFS cinema, a repertory and art-house movie theater, and directs AFS's artist services department, which provides funding and other support programs for Texas based filmmakers.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.