How do films shape us and our world? This question is at the heart of Runway #37 Cinema, a set of newly commissioned works made in response to a program of twelve very special films. So much of this issue was built on conversation – between us as editors and between the artists and the films they responded to. We talked and drank a lot of coffee. These are some of things we were thinking about.
Killer of Sheep, Charles Burnett, 1978
Black Panther Woman, Rachel Perkins, 2014
The Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel, 2008
Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee, 1989
Floating Life, Clara Law, 1996
Uptight, Jules Dassin, 1968
Girl Fight, Karyn Kusama, 2000
The Watermelon Woman, Cheryl Dunye, 1996
Snow Canon, Mati Diop, 2011
The Second Coming, debbie tucker green, 2014
Meditation Park, Mina Shum, 2017
Nice Coloured Girls, Tracey Moffatt, 1987
Thanks go to the artists who stepped out of their usual working modes and made such a huge commitment to this project. The results are beyond what we hoped for. Thankyou to Kathleen Linn and Georgia Stanton for editorial assistance, Runway’s web designer Andrew Robards and the rest of the Runway board for supporting the issue. And we have so much gratitude for the filmmakers who created the films in our program, true leaders, their work has inspired us to make and build and imagine a different kind of film landscape.
Alifa Bandali has a PhD from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include: gender and decolonial...
Sarinah Masukor is a writer and moving image maker. Her current work explores relationships between fiction and criticism, cinema and gallery. She has participated in...