Film: Making the Grade

Jill Craigie 1946

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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Screening and discussion of 'Making the Grade' with Director Lizzie Thynne, invited film-makers and Professor Yvonne Tasker, University of Leeds. Followed by a wine reception. Archival footage and Craigie's own words from letters, diaries and interviews present an intimate portrait of the life and career of this pioneering film-maker, whose work imagines a new place for women post world-war two.

Craigie made the first film to feature living artists at work, 'Out of Chaos' (1944) and 'To Be A Woman' (1951), a forceful and witty argument for equal pay. 'Making the Grade' explores her unique contribution to documentary and her contrasting identities as director, writer, early media personality and wife of Labour leader, Michael Foot. The film will be a rough cut presented for your responses and feedback.

Date: Friday 22 November
Time: 18:00-21:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Free admission, booking advised

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Film Weekender: Making the Grade Women Directing Documentary, Past and Present 

On Friday 22-Saturday 23 November join University of Plymouth's Dr Kayla Parker and Dr Lizzie Thynne from the University of Sussex for Making the Grade Film weekender. This two day weekender will delve into past and present women directors and explore their contribution to the documentary genre of the film industry. 

Inviting a selection of female film-makers and film lecturers from across the country, with a focus on Jill Craigie one of the UK’s first female documentary directors, join us for a range of workshops, film screenings and discussion. 

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