Filmme Fatales issue #1

· Wednesday January 16, 2013

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a femme fatale is ‘a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations’. Brodie Lancaster has cleverly referenced this questionable yet enduring trope of cinema in naming her brand new zine, Filmme Fatales, which (among other things) seeks to explore how women are represented through the medium of cinema (including perpetuation of existing stereotypes such as the aforementioned).

Brodie is a young writer/editor/web comedian and taco enthusiast with a passion for film and feminism. She spotted a need for discussion, investigation and celebration of everything on the topic of women and film, and thus Filmme Fatales was born. Issue #1 tackles the ‘the 20-something funk’ (think Reality Bites, Girls and classic Gen Y ennui). Within its 60-odd pages you’ll find articles contributed by writers from LA to NZ touching on topics ranging from Megan Fox to Iranian Cinema, an interview with the hilarious Mae Whitman, essays on cinematic representations of virginity and travel and, of course, haiku odes to Lena Dunham. All complimented by superb illustrations and a glossy centrefold.

Oh, you even find out what happened to Cokie Mason from The Babysitters Club movie post Stoneybrook High School! (C’mon, it’s what we’ve all been wondering.)