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