I Hope This Feeling Doesn't Last

.... From a thunderous murmur to a quiet applause....

I Hope This Feeling Doesn't Last is a short hybrid documentary directed by 20-year-old Australian student film-maker Marie Boulougouris.

Starring Triple J alum Georgia Marley (she/they), the project is an intimate and poetic documentary that presents itself as a moving commentary on the experiences of LGBT+ women in the Australian music industry. Originally imagined as a cinematic essay, the film extends upon the fetishization of lesbian and bisexual artists and rejects the distorted gaze of queer oppression. It is a piece that seeks to fill the gaps of such oppression with the creative power of the individual imagination. In doing so, the documentary legitimizes the emotional voyeurism of the theatre and the performer's space to give power to the feminine perspective.

The project grounds itself as both a poetic and expository piece that leans towards the avant-garde as it aesthetically draws upon aspects of performance art in order to convey not only Miss Boulougouris' own story but also reflect upon the collective and shared experiences between herself and her muse, Georgia Marley, as women working within the entertainment industry.

Inspired by the conversations occurring in the Australian music industry regarding gender diversity on festival line-ups, Miss Boulougouris sought to address wider diversity issues within her piece. Although these issues extend beyond the limits of festivals and gigs, the film recognizes its subject matter as symptomatic of a 'boys club mentality and subsequent gatekeeping cultures.

Miss Boulougouris was the sole writer, director, and editor of the film, leading a small skeleton team through the filming phase due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conceived during her time as a student at Macquarie University, her accolades during the course of her degrees include the award of 'Best Director' in 2019 and again in 2020 for I Hope This Feeling Doesn't Last. Additionally, she was the sole recipient of the Macquarie University Prize for Directing in 2020. She received the award of First in Course in her film major cohort in both 2019 and 2020.

'I Hope This Feeling Doesn't Last' was developed under the guidance of film scholar and Academy Award nominee Dr. Karen Pearlman (AFTRS) and was created in collaboration with Macquarie University, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and Triple J artist Georgia Marley (Australian National Youth Broadcaster, Melbourne).

  • Marie Boulougouris
    Director
  • Marie Boulougouris
    Writer
  • Georgia Marley
    Key Cast
    "As Herself"
  • Brandon Lung
    Cinematographer
    Triple J Video Producer, Stand Atlantic, Between You and Me, Yours Truly
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    music films, music documentary, women in music, feminism
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Blackmagic 6K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Macquarie University
  • Macquarie University's Screen FOCUS 2020
    Sydney
    Australia
    November 30, 2020
    Australian Premiere
    Sole Recipient of the MCALL Faculty Prize For Creative Achievement in Directing
  • Lift-Off Sessions July 2021

    United Kingdom
    July 30, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cannes Short Film Festival
    Cannes
    France
    August 17, 2021
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
  • Sydney Women's International Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    November 25, 2021
    Sydney Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Canberra Short Film Festival
    Canberra
    Australia
    November 21, 2021
    Festival Highlights
  • Sydney Underground Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    September 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Prague International Film Awards
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    October 18, 2021
    Winner
  • Student World Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 31, 2021
    Finalist - Best Experimental Film
  • Venice Short Film Festival
    Venice
    United States
    August 20, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Toronto International Women Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    August 30, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Marie Boulougouris

Mariam 'Marie' Boulougouris (born January 4 2000) is a film maker, law student, writer, director, journalist, and musician, based in Australia. Her films are usually hybridic and experimental in nature, as she chooses to focus on feminine grotesqueries and other diverse stories about womanhood and ethnic queer youth in Australia.

Being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background (CALD), she identifies herself as a 'third culture kid,' as she seeks to write stories that actively reconcile the lived experiences of being a second-generation Greek-Australian and the multifaceted nature of her own emerging identity.

Growing up, she attained an academic scholarship at the age of 12 to study at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney. She is now set to complete a double degree in Law (Hons) and Media at the Macquarie University. Her accolades during the course of her degrees include the award of 'Best Director' in 2019 and again in 2020 for I Hope This Feeling Doesn't Last (2020). Additionally, she was the recipient of MQ's MCALL Faculty Prize for Creative Achievement in Directing in 2020, and received the award of First in Course in her film major cohort in both 2019 and 2020.

Her award winning film 'I Hope This Feeling Doesn't Last' (2020) was developed under the guidance of film scholar Dr. Karen Pearlman (AFTRS) and was created in collaboration with Macquarie University, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and Triple J artist Georgia Marley (Australian National Youth Broadcaster, Melbourne).

Miss Boulougouris was the sole writer, director, and editor of the film, leading a small skeleton team through the filming phase due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the first woman in her family to attend university, she believes that it is essential to recognise that ethnic women's experiences are varied, universal, and sociocultural in nature. As such, approaching and disseminating such issues from an intersectional perspective is of the utmost importance in her art.

She writes these stories on behalf of herself, her mother, and her grandmother. Her only goal as an artist is to make them proud.

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Director Statement

"It was once said that there will be time, there will be time, there will be time, there will be time. To prepare the face to meet the faces that you meet. But sometimes it seems that the faces exist in a disembodied somewhere, waiting for the clown who will wear them and bring it to life."