Graphic: Carol Porter


Mary Tomsic's 'We Aim To Please: cinematic activism, sex and violence' Dec 6th 2016

Australian Women's History Network


LISTEN TO:  Robin Laurie introduce 'We Aim To Please' at a 'The Form That Accommodates The Mess' a series of film screenings at IMA (Institute of Modern Art) Brisbane November 2014

WATCH CLIPS FROM THE FILM: Australian Screen Online

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13 min experimental short from As If Productions

by Robin Laurie and Margot Nash


A film about female sexuality that not only touches the areas of paranoia, fear and doubt, which we as women experience in relation to our bodies and physical self image, but which is also joyful, erotic and funny.


The film is in three sections:


  • Setting up the elements: us, the women filmmakers, sexxx the city.

  • How it feels: female vulnerability in a violent society that expects women to be the flatterers.

  • Breaking the silence: direct action and an attempt at a cinematic definition of female sexuality that is not idealised.



1978 Jury Prize: L’Homme Regarde L’Homme Film Festival Paris.


2017 Sydney Film Festival - Feminism and Film - Personal and Political 

2016  FFFlicks Women's Art Register.  Long Play Bar and Cinema Melbourne 

2015 Women's Gaze and the Feminist Film Archive. Sydney College of the Arts Gallery 
2014 The Form That Accommodates The Mess. IMA (Institute of Modern Art) Brisbane

2009 Screen Worlds ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Melbourne – permanent exhibition

2008 Australian Perspectives: New and Archival queer shorts ACMI

2005 Resistance: a screen history of Australian counter cultural movements  ACMI

1999 The Wild and Wonderful 70’s Chauvel SYDNEY

1996 Valladolid SPAIN; Filmoteca MADRID

1994 BARCELONA; Women and Film: The Hidden (A) Gender ADELAIDE;

1990 INSIGHT Women’s Film Festival-Canada

1989 OTHER PLEASURES Modern Image Makers Melbourne


1982 Gay Film Festival LONDON

1981 1st International Feminist Film and Video Conference AMSTERDAM

1979 Bergama Festival of Third Theatre ITALY; Women’s Arts Festival, Christchurch NEW ZEALAND

1978 L’Homme Regarde L’Homme Paris; La Rochelle Avant Garde Film Festival PARIS; World Congress of Sociology FINLAND

1977 WOMEN WAVES Sydney Filmmakers Cooperative national tour of short films


“WE AIM TO PLEASE is angry, mordantly witty, funny, abrasive, hits you with lyrical paradoxes… it rings bells in the subconscious as well as

the front of the mind.” - Virginia Fraser, Filmnews



Distribution: As If Productions