MIFF Talks - Alia Shawkat in Conversation Unclassified: no age restriction
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It's almost like that episode of Arrested Development when Maeby accompanies her father on an audition and ends up becoming a film exec: Alia Shawkat is calling the shots. Maeby Fünke, the droll teenage con-artist, was the role that made Shawkat famous, and in the years since the original Arrested Development series wrapped, Shawkat has made her mark in many great films and television shows. Most recently she returns to the role of Dory in the cult hit Search Party as well as starring, executive producing and co-writing the independent film Duck Butter. Appearing at MIFF as a guest of the festival for the Ethan Hawke-directed biopic Blaze, the funny and multi-talented Shawkat will discuss her life, career and charting her own creative course.
Moderated by Lorin Clarke
Alia Shawkat is a highly sought-after actor in both film and television who can be seen at MIFF this year in the Ethan Hawke directed biopic Blaze, which tells the story of country and western songwriter Blaze Foley. Shawkat also recently starred in the independent film Duck Butter, which she co-wrote and executive produced, as well as continuing to star in the second season of breakout hit genre-bending mystery comedy Search Party, and the fifth season of cult comedy series Arrested Development, where she is well-known in the role of Maeby Fünke. Other notable film roles include Green Room, 20th Century Women, Nasty Baby (MIFF 2015) and Whip It, while her other television appearances include Transparent, Drunk History, Portlandia and Broad City. Off screen, she is a talented jazz singer, pianist and accomplished painter and illustrator.
Lorin Clarke is a writer and presenter across various media including theatre, radio, print and television. She writes regular columns for The Big Issue and Crikey. Her first children's book, Our (Last) Trip to the Market made the CBCA Notables list in 2018. Lorin has written, produced and presented for commercial and community radio as well as for the ABC. She co-hosts the award-winning Stupidly Small Podcast and performs in her own ABC radio serial, The Fitzroy Diaries.
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