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?

We will use the career of Jill Craigie (1911-99) as a springboard to explore how far things have changed since she started as one of the UK’s first female documentary directors, with contributions from women film-makers from the South West and nationally. 

Jill Craigie directed a series of films in the 1940s including 'The Way We Live' (1946), a film which tried to foreground women's perspectives on the plan to rebuild Plymouth after the World War Two. 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.

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema and Plymouth Arts Cinema 
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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