Sea Change Touring Programme 2021

Sea Change Festival brings season of international films directed by women online and in cinemas thanks to support from Film hub Scotland.

Celebrating the bumper array of award-winning films from female filmmakers released in 2020, highlights include Portrait of a Lady on FireRocksMisbehaviour, Kajillionaire and Scottish director Eva Riley’s acclaimed debut Perfect 10

Sea Change, the Film Festival based on the beautiful Isle of Tiree, will be bringing a season of recent feature films directed by women to venues in Scotland once venues are open again and are developing some online activity.

The season includes the breathtaking French historical romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire by renowned director Céline Sciamma. Other highlights include Rocks, Sarah Gavron’s vibrant and empowering coming-of-age story; Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes leading a star-studded cast in Misbehaviour, the true story of feminists plotting to disrupt the 1970 Miss World ceremony; Haifaa Al Mansour’s tale of one woman struggle to challenge the system in Saudi Arabia, The Perfect CandidateKajillionaire, Miranda July’s deadpan crime caper about a family of con artists starring Debra Winger and Perfect 10, the impressive debut feature film from up-and-coming young Scottish director Eva Riley about an aspiring teen An aspiring teen gymnast whose world is turned upside down with the arrival of the half-brother she never knew she had. 

Jen Skinner, director of Screen Argyll and Festival Director said: 

“We are so excited to be bringing a taste of Sea Change to a wider audience through partnering with some of the fantastic cinemas we have here in Scotland. We had to postpone this year’s festival and lab due to COVID19. This touring programme brings together some of the brilliant films that we would have screened here on Tiree in 2020. It is so important to improve representation on screen across all demographics. Our festival and development lab bring together women working across the industry, from production, distribution and exhibition to share and develop ideas and gain new perspectives. We want to work together to bring change, to support women in the industry to find their voice, to give us the opportunity to see ourselves on screen and to widen the access to voices and experiences that are portrayed in cinema, opening up the world through film.

All of the films in our programme are directed by women and had their release impacted by COVID. This tour gives venues another chance to screen the films. We are partnering up with the Feminista Film Festival who will programme some shorts to go with the features.

2020 was an amazing year for releases by female directors, many of these titles will be in the critics top ten’s for the year and deservedly feature in the awards season. This tour gives audiences another chance to see them at their best, on the big screen.”

Supported by the Film Hub Scotland BFI FAN Exhibition Fund. 

The Sea Change Festival curated by Screen Argyll brings season of international films directed by women online and in cinemas. Our screenings in venues will resume once they can, in the meantime here are some ways to join us online.

2021 Feminista Tour available throughout March 2020.

We are thrilled to announce the films selected for the 2021 Feminista Film Festival & Tour. From musical pursuits to outdoor challenges, these women are change makers and trail blazers. You’ll definitely be inspired to turn up the music and start planning your next adventure!

From musical pursuits to outdoor challenges, these women are change makers and trail blazers. You’ll definitely be inspired to turn up the music and start planning your next adventure! 

Film List:

Kim I Am* 

Singer-songwriter Kim Hill met a young rapper who suggested they start making music together. That rapper’s name was, and the group became the Black Eyed Peas. The rest is history — or is it? Run Time: 13:41 Director: Ben Proudfoot 

*Voted Most Inspiring Film by The Girls’ Network.

OK Chlöe 

Chloe Swarbrick is New Zealand’s youngest MP. She’s a member of the Green Party, the LGBTQ+ community and an inspirational figure to millennials everywhere. Learn what it’s like to be a revolutionary member of parliament in a political system disconnected from those it represents. Run Time: 08:45 Director: Charlotte Evans

The Other Fab Four 

Meet The Liverbirds! In the mid-1960s, four teenagers from Liverpool were changing the face of pop music. Their names were Mary, Sylvia, Pam and Val. Run Time: 16:28 Director: Ben Proudfoot

Par For The Course 

The Mirnavator is back! Mirna Valerio is a runner who advocates for body positivity. This is a super short film with a big message. ​Run Time: 03:40 Director: Kody Kohlman

Кerli – Shadow Works 

A strikingly visual and intimate look at the music and creative process of Kerli, an Estonian singer/songwriter and philosopher. Kerli calls herself a magician; The Girls’ Network calls her A Goddess! Run Time: 13:45 Directors: Anastasia Zazhitskaya, Georgius Misjura

Wood On Water 

Hannah Maia spent forty days canoe tripping in the Canadian wilderness with twelve young women. They were cold, bug-bitten and boob-deep in a muskeg bog while carrying incredibly heavy canoes on their heads. It was fun! Run Time: 45:00 Director: Hannah Taylor-Bird

“Moving, inspiring and beautiful short film selection about women and girls at [The Watershed] for #InternationalWomensDay…” 

“Feminista Film Festival is a beautiful thing, it makes girls like me realise the true potential of ourselves.” 

Here is the link to the online audience survey: 

FREE SCREENING in partnership with North East Arts Touring and Driftwood Cinema


Sunday 7th March, 7pm

Online film screening of MISBEHAVIOUR followed by a post film Zoom Panel discussion with the film’s director – Philippa Lowthorpe at 8.50pm. Sign up here:

‘There’s a very British sort of wackiness to this bizarre and farcical true story from the annals of pop culture, told here with charm and fun’ The Guardian

Join us to support celebrate International Women’s Day and watch along together the 2020 film MISBEHAVIOUR about a group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London. Then join our panel discussion on Zoom with Director: Philippa Lowthorpe to discuss the film.

The film is based on the true events of the 1970 Miss World pageant in London, when a global audience witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

‘Director Philippa Lowthorpe and screenwriters Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe keep it light and likable: the story of people who aren’t exactly keeping calm, but carrying on all the same The Guardian

Join us with your own Misbehaviour cocktail creation! Tweet or share on Instagram @screenargyll