‘I’m so excited’: Geena Davis to headline ACMI’s Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion exhibition

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‘I’m so excited’: Geena Davis to headline ACMI’s Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion exhibition

L-R: Geena Davis and Madeline Di Nonno accept the Governors award on behalf of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at the 74th Emmy Awards. Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP. Image courtesy of Sipa USA/Alamy Live News.

The iconic actor is set to travel to Melbourne as lead ambassador for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces blockbuster, Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion.

The ACMI-curated exhibition opens at Australia’s national museum of screen culture on 5 April before touring internationally.

Globally renowned for her show-stopping performances in hits such as Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Beetlejuice and The Accidental Tourist, Geena Davis is a true Hollywood movie star. Beyond her impact on screen, she is also a leader in leveraging research, education and advocacy to influence systemic change in onscreen character portrayals in global film, television, advertising and gaming through her Institute.

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Goddess celebrates the pantheon of trailblazing women who fought the system that tried to exploit them. Showcasing more than 150 exhibition highlights, including never-before-seen costumes, original sketches, interactive experiences, large-scale projections and cinematic treasures, the exhibition interrogates the many stereotypes surrounding the screen goddess and honours the ground-breaking achievements of the screen’s revolutionary leading women.

In aligning with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Goddess signals the work of these formidable figures is far from done – there are more boundaries to break, agendas to advance and systems to fight – while working towards a better future.

Speaking about her ambassadorship with ACMI, Geena Davis, said: “I’m so excited to be a launch partner for this ground-breaking exhibition and to lead important conversations about gender equality at the special Goddess event, Being Seen on Screen: The Importance of Representation. This one-day conference at ACMI will inspire discussion about equality, diversity and ageing on Australian screens – vital conversations to have if we are to make permanent change in the screen industry.”

Being Seen on Screen: The Importance of Representation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Geena Davis and hear her passionate call to action, live in conversation on Wednesday 5 April. It will also feature panel discussions with Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media President & CEO, Madeline Di Nonno, and a cross-section of Australian screen industry talent including Michelle Cheng, Santilla Chingaipe, Jan Fran, Sophie Hyde, Amy Marks, Pallavi Sharda, Anousha Zarkesh, Elaine Crombie, plus award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay, and the 2023 Australian of the Year, award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and founder of the Body Image Movement, Taryn Brumfitt.

Further event programs include in-depth monthly Goddess ACMI Curator Tours providing exclusive out-of-hours access to deep-dive into the stories behind the fascinating figures who challenged and changed the role of women on screen.

The immersive Goddess Nights event series will kick off 25 May with the first of three big femme-centric live music line-ups featuring performances by DJ JNETT, CD, POOKIE and Ayebatonye with specially curated food and drink offerings across a huge evening of screen culture and music.

ACMI presents Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion in its world premiere in Melbourne, opening 5 April 2023, before the exhibition tours internationally. More at acmi.net.au