History is often written as “His Story”. Why should this be? In this talk, part of the cinema’s Women’s History Month, Ellen and Rosemary will showcase films with strong female roles-women who changed lives for themselves and others, not only for their own time but for the future.
Ellen has strong links to our cinema as she was the cinema manager before Walter Francisco. She is now a film writer and lecturer - her recent books include “Biopics: A Life in Pictures” and “In the Scene: Jane Campion”. She will discuss three films – ‘Silkwood’, ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’, which show women’s courage in campaigning for better conditions in the workplace.
Rosemary is a former teacher and adviser to secondary schools and now is the cinema’s Education Officer. She has taught many courses at the cinema to adult and school audiences. She will look at three films which show women fighting for justice against seemingly impenetrable odds - films like ‘Suffragette’ and ‘Erin Brockovich’, which have outstanding performances of courage and conviction. Another film, ‘Hidden Figures’, portrays a group of black women who prove to be so gifted in Mathematics and Technology that they receive grudging praise , but eventually full recognition for their work from their male bosses.
Please join us to explore these insights into these ground-breaking ladies!
Fri 29 Mar 13:30 – 15:30 (Studio)