At just twenty-four, Brodie Lancaster’s already got a bit of an empire brewing. Inspired to create a space for intelligent writing about women, Brodie launched Filmme Fatales – a zine where feminism and film meet – in 2012. Before that, Brodie was working in New York, as managing editor of Portable.tv. Now based in Melbourne, Brodie is an occasional freelancer, a staff writer at Rookie and a sometimes hip hop DJ. Ever the amazing babe, she answers some questions from ANDY HUANG.
When and how were you introduced to zines?
I credit my introduction to zines to my friend Anton De Ionno, who I met when we studied media at university. He introduced me to the riot grrrl movement and all the DIY elements that are connected to it, including zines. He was a major force in my feminist awakening and during the year we lived together in New York (me working, him studying screenwriting at NYU); he taught me so much. Now he contributes both writing and artwork to Filmme Fatales and I love having him be part of something I wouldn’t have created [without] his friendship.
Tell us about your zine.
Filmme Fatales is a zine about women in cinema. It started as a way for me to get back into writing about what I love after a two-year stint as the editor of a culture site that saw me move to New York City, burn out, move back to Melbourne and take a job in advertising. I didn’t see too many conversations about women and feminism happening in film publications, and I didn’t see the inverse, so I wanted to fill that gap.
Filmme Fatales is a print publication with a run of 300 copies and it contains all original art and writing from writers all over the world. Issue one was themed around women in their twenties; issue two [was] about music; issue three [was] about working girls and the theme for the forthcoming issue four is reality.
Where did you get idea for Filmme Fatales?
The idea came to me pretty naturally. I had been editing online work for years, and wanted to make a move into print. I didn’t want to work under anyone; I needed to do something off my own back that I could champion and create. I saw a gap in both film writing and feminist writing that I wanted to fill with the work of the amazing writers and artists I’m lucky to know.
What is your latest issue, and what is in it?
I’m in the very early stages right now so don’t have much to tell you. But issue three (which came out in November) is really cool. It has artwork based on Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, graphs by Ann Friedman and Ariel Katz, a heartbreaking story by Anton De Ionno, an interview with June Diane Raphael, imaginary résumés for girls in Sofia Coppola films, photography by Jill Peters, and stacks more.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am on a free day from my part-time copywriting job. Later, I’m working on a piece for Rookie, [I’ll be] watching last night’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians (it’s the one where Kris and Bruce talk to the family about their divorce and I’m sad already), writing a looooong email to a friend about meeting Kathleen Hanna over the weekend and reading a few more chapters of John Waters’ book Role Models in preparation for an interview I’m doing with him.
Who: Brodie Lancaster
What: Filmme Fatales