Sally Potter’s portrait of life in post-war Britain, with the Cold War looming, is a sweet but quietly seething comment on the way nuclear families appear like nuclear bombs.
Ginger & Rosa are two London teenagers (Elle Fanning, Alice Englert) who have been best friends since they were literally seconds old. It is 1962 and food, living space and good cheer are all in short supply. Home life revolves around the kitchen table the girls try to break away whenever they can, they spend their days bunking off school, shrinking their jeans, ironing their hair and smoking their first cigarettes. Drawn also to poetry and protest, they attend left-wing political meetings, clad in matching Beatnik-inspired outfits. Both are unnerved by the imminent threat of nuclear war and their mothers’ frustrated domesticity.
This film will be preceded by a short film:
Pretend You’ll Survive
(Leeds Animation Workshop, 1981, 9 mins)
Leeds Animation Workshop is a women’s collective, set up in 1978 to produce and distribute animated films on social issues. Over forty years on, they are still going. This early film tells the story of one woman and her nuclear nightmares. It points to the links between ‘peaceful’ nuclear energy and the arms race, and exposes the absurdity of civil defence in the face of nuclear weapons.
Sally Potter | UK | 2012