Film Weekender: Making the Grade: Women Directing Documentary, Past and Present
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    Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building and Plymouth Arts Cinema, Plymouth College of Art

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Directors UK (2018) reports an almost 10 per cent decline in the number of women directing factual programming in recent years. What factors are driving this and how have individual women managed to forge careers in this sector?

Using the career of Jill Craigie (1911-99) as a springboard, contemporary women film-makers from the South West and around the UK explore how far opportunities for women have changed since Craigie started as one of the first female documentary directors in 1944.

She made a series of films in the 1940s including The Way We Live (1946), a film which foregrounded women’s perspectives on the plan to rebuild Plymouth after the war. After her success in the war and post-war period, she had few opportunities to direct again, until, propelled by anger at the fate of the people of Dubrovnik during the war in Yugoslavia, she made Two Hours from London at the age of 84.

Please see the full programme below. 

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema and Plymouth Arts Cinema 
Free admission, booking advised

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

On Friday 22-Saturday 23 November join Dr Lizzie Thynne from the University of Sussex for the Making the Grade Film weekender. This two day celebration 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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