Scottish cinemas and festivals are celebrating women’s histories on film with Changing Times, Film Hub North’s UK-wide heritage programme. Six projects received funding to explore the archives and tell the stories of women filmmakers and activists, with female-led activities and workshops. If you’re in the area, make sure to support these projects in your community, or read about those that have already happened below:
GSFF: First Reels: Scottish Women Filmmakers in the 1990s
First Reels (1991–1999) was the first of the short film production schemes introduced by the Scottish Film Council (later Scottish Screen), in partnership with Scottish Television. It was launched with the aim of giving aspiring filmmakers the means to embark on – or complete – their first project. At least a third of the films produced through First Reels were directed by women, whether fiction, documentary, animation, artists’ moving image or community projects. Some have continued to work in the industry whilst others have moved away from filmmaking altogether. This event took place at GSFF 2019, and was presented by Glasgow-based festival Femspectives. Read more here
Hippodrome Silent Film Festival
At this year’s HippFest, audiences enjoyed 'Kitty the Telephone Girl and Working Women in Early Cinema'; a programme exploring the themes of Hindle Wakes (1927) and contemporary British titles that portrayed independent working women and showcased their expanded opportunities outside of traditional domestic roles, with an illustrated lecture from silent film expert Dr Lawrence Napper. Read more here.
A Kind of Seeing: Silent Divas
Archive activists Invisible Women teamed up with A Kind of Seeing to present screenings of Silent Divas: Assunta Spina alongside archive film at venues across Scotland and in Newcastle. Linking the struggle of international filmmakers like Francesca Bertini to those of British filmmakers who were similarly making a mark in a male dominated industry. Read more here.
MacRobert: Stirling Women’s Aid Film Takeover
Language out Loud is a film takeover by Stirling Women’s Aid, Macrobert Arts Centre present four screenings, intros and post-screening discussion focusing on the language we hear about gender, how it creates negative stereotypes, and what the impact of this is on the local community. In collaboration with the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive.
An Lanntair in Stornaway will be screenings of films directed by overlooked female directors Muriel Box and Sally Potter, with enhanced activity with the Western Isles Women’s Network. More information TBA soon!
Jen Skinner of Screen Argyll will be working alongside Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing to present Raised Voices, a programme of films from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive showcasing women through history, with screenings at Campbeltown Picture House, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon Studio Cinema, Isle of Bute Discovery Centre and the Oban Phoenix.