This one hour documentary tracks the unlikely success of outback milliner Felicity “Flic” Brown, whose extraordinary headwear creations have taken her from the dusty, dry heat of the Broome racing carnival to the couture craziness that is New York Fashion Week.
Film maker Carolyn Constantine allows Brown’s story to unfold on screen with the simplicity and unpretentiousness that is indicative of Brown’s own character. Brown’s bio reads like a Miles Franklin novel, full of grit and self assurance and reinvention. It’s clear that she’s always had a creative bent and these incredible, exquisite head pieces represent an artistic pinnacle. The hats are made from feathers of native birds, natural flora, beach treasures and any other items that have potential and the designs are inspired by landscape, stories and experiences. Each hat has its own name.
The film takes us from Brown’s humble corner workspace in a small Aussie town to her cat walk debut in one of international fashion’s most prestigious events – complete with last minute dramas.
Hats off to this extraordinary artist and a great film.
Jul 8, 1:30pm. Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach. $20-$25+b.f.
Tickets & Info: www.madhattanmovie.com
(Followed by filmmaker Q&A and hat competition.)
Reviewed by Rita Bratovich.