Hartley’s maidens go to Toronto

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced that the Australian documentaries Machete Maidens Unleashed! and Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon will both screen at this year’s edition.

Mark Hartley’s Machete Maidens Unleashed! premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and documents “the wild and unruly world of genre filmmaking in the Philippines when the country was a back-lot for a bevy of B-movie mavericks and cinema visionaries”.

Paul Clarke’s Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon is about the Australian rock journalist who witnessed New York’s infamous punk scene and mingled with the likes of John and Yoko, the Velvet Underground and Janis Joplin and was one of the first on the scene to champion the work of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Doors.

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