What About the Women? is special screening based entirely on archive footage drawn from the collections of Yorkshire and North East Film Archive.
Be astonished, mesmerized, entertained or enraged by footage that reflects how women have been portrayed on film – by chance or design. These are not feature films; they are regional collections of non-fiction material, from local advertising companies, cine clubs, amateur and professional collections which all reflect life across Yorkshire and the North East over the past one hundred years including footage from Sheffield, Elland, Huddersfield and Halifax.
For the most part, the films are not about women per se, yet still they reflect how women have been represented on screen over the decades – sometimes powerfully, but often slipping into the stereotypical clichés of the times.
The programme will include a version of Born a Rebel, a short film produced as a North East, North West and Yorkshire Film Archive collaboration to uncover stories of women’s representation from within their screen heritage collections, and inspired by the original 15 minute Born a Rebel production commissioned by Cinema For All as part of the Vote 100 programme, supported by the Women’s Centenary Grants Fund.
The project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories, a nationwide season celebrating women within the UK’s screen heritage collections.