Hamish Downie’s First Friday Playlist – March 2022


Hamish Downie has a new type of column that started backing December as his Holiday playlist. It was so popular hat he decided to make it a monthly recurring column with a movie playlist for each month. Thanks, Hamish for creating a new concept for TG Geeks.

If you have seen any of these films, let us know your thoughts.

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According to a google search I did, March is Women in Film month, so I wanted to highlight some great films with some amazing women both behind and in front of the camera. I grew up during the wave of Great Female Directors in Australia and New Zealand like Gillian Amrstrong, Jane Campion, Jocelyn Moorehouse, Samantha Lang and Racheal Perkins, so I will try and highlight them as well as some more indie filmmakers of recent years.

This film directed by Jocelyn Moorehouse, who has sadly not made that many films, is a true gem. Winona Ryder leads an all star cast as a woman who is newly engaged to be married and completing her degree, but goes back to her Grandmother’s house for the summer. There, her Grandmother and her Quilting group create an original quilt as a gift for her wedding. Each woman shares the story of the love of her life, and weaves it into the quilt. It’s a beautiful film about following your heart, and was my introduction to the incredibly handsome Johnathon Schaech, who’s introduction in the film could compete with Ursula Andress’ one in Dr No.

Other great films by Joselyn Moorehouse include “The Dressmaker” and “Proof”.

Modern and Traditional sensibilities clash in this romantic film by Mira Nair, about the preparations for an upper middle-class Indian Family’s only daughter’s wedding to an American man. It’s a beautiful story that packs a punch. One of my all time favorite movies.


I’ve talked about this debut film by Felicity Tillack before, as I did help produce it, but I really do love this film. Like Monsoon Wedding, this film showcases a clash between the modern and traditional world in this romance between a Kimono store owner and a Business Consultant. It’s a lovely film, and I hope you enjoy watching it this month.


With the death of their mother, two sisters (one played by Deborah Mailman) return to their childhood home in Northern Australia where their third sister, Mae, lived looking after their mother. The funeral happens and the three find themselves together in the house for the first time in years. With time to talk, drink and fight, past hurts are revealed and family secrets come out. Debut film by the great Racheal Perkins.



This great indie film just got re-released this Valentines. It’s about a Vampire who gets investigated by the Tax Office, and fall in love.


Just to show that female directors aren’t a modern thing, this film from the Golden Age by Dorothy Azner starring Lucille Ball (pre I Love Lucy) can prove to you that women have always been making great films, both in and out of the system.

I hope you enjoy these films. What are your favourite films by female directors?

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