You’ve heard me talk about women in silent film before, it’s one of my favourite topics. But if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, head over to the BFI website, where I wrote this short guide to starting to explore the work of the first female film directors.
There’s more, of course. I also contributed some notes on Alice Guy Blaché for this lovely looking Blu-ray box set also forthcoming from the BFI. And on Tuesday 11 June at BFI Southbank, I will be hosting a panel discussion on that very topic (where I will also present on Guy Blaché) to support the launch of the Blu-ray. My fellow speakers include Bryony Dixon, Ellen Cheshire and Virginie Selavy. We will be talking about lots of different filmmakers and showing clips and short films too.
If you can’t get to that, I will also be introducing some Guy Blaché shorts at the Cinema Rediscovered festival in Bristol. And watch this space (or this one) for more Guy Blaché events coming up soon!
And just as a PS, I am introducing Diary of a Lost Girl at the BFI on Thursday 13 June – don’t miss Brooksie on the big screen.
- Time to celebrate Lois Weber
- Mabel Normand: ‘a kiss that explodes in a laugh’
- Looking for the female Laurel and Hardy?
- Sisters in slapstick: two books on silent comediennes
- Pre-order the Early Women Filmmakers Collection from the BFI
- Buy tickets for the launch event.
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