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Women with a Movie Camera

Great films incite, others vex, a few elate. From pre-war to the present day, these remarkable works by international women directors do all that and more.

The place of female filmmakers in cinema history demands correction, and the future looks bright. Keep up with this dedicated collection.

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The Body Beautiful
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The Body Beautiful

Animation & Artists Moving Image199024 mins

Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.

Flight of the Swan
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Flight of the Swan

Drama199212 mins

A young black ballerina rejects prejudice and finds her African spirit in Swan Lake.

White Men Are Cracking Up
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White Men Are Cracking Up

199420 mins

The fatal fascination with the myth of the black feminine mystique is uncovered in Ngozi Onwurah's short

I'm British But...
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I'm British But...

198929 mins Location: Westminster

Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla in Gurinder Chadha's debut film.

Around the Village Green
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Around the Village Green

Travelogue193712 mins Location: Finchingfield

Rural life in the Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield - and the mixed reactions of older residents to changing times.

So This Is London
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So This Is London

Documentary193314 mins Location: Westminster

London at its best? This gorgeous lyrical portrait was made by pioneering female director Marion Grierson.

Tunde's Film
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Tunde's Film

Documentary drama197340 mins Location: Stepney

Tired of being hassled by the police and with no job opportunities, a group of teenage East End lads plan to rob a bank.

Black to Front
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Black to Front

Current affairs197827 mins Location: Brixton

World in Action interviews the residents of Haycroft Road, Brixton as a controversial by-election stokes concerns about race and immigration.

Cedar Wood & Silk
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Cedar Wood & Silk

199514 mins

Insightful exploration of the relationship between a Jamaican mother and her British-born daughter.

Today We Live
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Today We Live

Documentary193724 mins Location: South Cerney

A key social issues film documentary from the British Documentary Movement, this two-part film follows the establishment of social enterprises in England and Wales.

Dover, Spring 1947
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Dover, Spring 1947

Documentary194711 mins Location: Dover

Dover gets a makeover in this offbeat and pointed public information film.

Hedging
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Hedging

Documentary19429 mins Location: Moulton

Is your hedge thin and straggly? Don't worry, help is at hand

Fair Rent
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Fair Rent

Documentary194711 mins Location: Aberdeen

Power cuts, housing shortages and exorbitant rents – Aberdeen man Norrie Williamson goes head to head with his greedy landlady

Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti
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Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti

Documentary198330 mins

Immerse yourself in the work of Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti - icons of the Mexican Renaissance.

An Exchange for Fire: Sacrifice (Film London Jarman Award 2012)
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An Exchange for Fire: Sacrifice (Film London Jarman Award 2012)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20123 mins

Anja Kirschner and David Panos investigate the financial crisis from its European epicentre - Greece.

The Necromancers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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The Necromancers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20103 mins

Theatre director Steve Pearl talks about his chance meetings with a female ventriloquist.

An Exchange for Fire: Debt (Film London Jarman Award 2012)
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An Exchange for Fire: Debt (Film London Jarman Award 2012)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20133 mins

The concluding episode in Anja Kirschner and David Panos' series of films on the Greek financial crisis.

An Exchange for Fire: Non-Citizens (Film London Jarman Award 2012)
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An Exchange for Fire: Non-Citizens (Film London Jarman Award 2012)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20123 mins

The global financial crisis viewed through the prism of modern Greece.

The Paramnesiac (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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The Paramnesiac (Film London Jarman Award 2010)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20104 mins

The instability of memory comes to the fore when artist Lindsay Seers' step-sister Christine is involved in a moped accident which severely damages her memory.

Serios/Seers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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Serios/Seers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20103 mins

Writer M. Anthony Penwill, an occult photography expert, recalls how his meeting with Ted Serios led him to encounter the artist Lindsay Seers.

Carlyle's Hands 1 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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Carlyle's Hands 1 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20113 mins

Eitienne, a neuroscientist who is working around ideas of self awareness, is haunted by his patient, who he calls 'Marathon Man' a man who cannot move his own body unless he sees it.

Carlyle's Hands 2 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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Carlyle's Hands 2 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20113 mins

In the second in the series of Emily Wardill films, Eitienne the neuroscientist meets Georgia, a woman with whom he is able to connect and they fall in love.

Carlyle's Hands 3 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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Carlyle's Hands 3 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20113 mins

Eitienne's dates with different women explore proprioception through a contemporary situation.

Footsteps
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Footsteps

Animation & Artists Moving Image19746 mins

Actor and cameraman engage in a game of ‘grandmother’s footsteps’ in a playfully delightful film.

Carlyle's Hands 4 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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Carlyle's Hands 4 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20113 mins

Eitienne the neuroscientist delivers a lecture to students that explores ideas of self-awareness.

Carlyle's Hands 5 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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Carlyle's Hands 5 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)

Animation & Artists Moving Image20113 mins

An overworked neuroscientist is encouraged to begin online dating.

Real Time
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Real Time

Animation & Artists Moving Image197133 mins

As she recollects her childhood, the filmmaker reflects on time, family and ageing.

Muybridge Film
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Muybridge Film

Animation & Artists Moving Image19754 mins

Anne Rees-Mogg pays tribute to Muybridge’s studies of human motion with this portrait of filmmaker Renny Croft.

A Length of Time
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A Length of Time

197022 mins

A documentary on life, filmic time and stock car racing.

Focii
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Focii

Animation & Artists Moving Image19759 mins

A female dancer performs in front of what appears to be a wall of mirrors until her reflection takes on a life of its own.

Guerillere Talks
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Guerillere Talks

Documentary197824 mins

Six film portraits of women associated with the punk music scene in 1970s New York.

Tea Leaf
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Tea Leaf

Documentary19888 mins

An intimate account of frustration and disarray in 1980s Britain from the point of view of a young woman.

Edinburgh
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Edinburgh

Documentary193410 mins Location: Edinburgh

Bonnie Edinburgh - a picturesque promotional film to attract tourists to the Scottish capital

The London Story
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The London Story

Musical198616 mins Location: Waterloo Sta

Sally Potter's lively dance film about spies and government intrigue.

The Garden of Eating
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The Garden of Eating

Animation & Artists Moving Image19863 mins

A stop-motion collage film that constructs a garden out of flowers, candles, plastic cellophane and food

Never Go with Strangers
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Never Go with Strangers

Documentary197118 mins

Is this the scariest public information film ever? This hard-hitting warning against 'stranger danger' was considered too distressing to be broadcast on television.

Near Home
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Near Home

Government sponsored film194924 mins Location: Bishop Auckland

A rare outing for a 1945 drama documentary on local studies education in Bishop Auckland by one of Britains pioneering women directors.

Plan to Work On
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Plan to Work On

Documentary194833 mins Location: Dunfermline

Kay Mander's film about the planning for Dunfermline’s post-war reconstruction is a fascinating record of the idealism of mid-20th-century town planning.

Quiet Morning
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Quiet Morning

School programme and Educational film195511 mins Location: Finchley

Everyday family life in suburban North London - as seen by folk learning English in the 1950s.

The Christmas Visitor
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The Christmas Visitor

Animation & Artists Moving Image19587 mins

The Night Before Christmas meets Toy Story in this charming British cartoon from 1958.

Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son
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Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son

Advert19591 mins

"Dad... I want a bike!” Fun animated campaign aimed at 50s parents and their over-eager offspring.

Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard
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Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard

Advert19416 mins

A cartoon fantasy brings fabric patterns to life in a literal soap opera - yet even here the reality of Home Front life creeps in

Charley's Black Magic
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Charley's Black Magic

Animation & Artists Moving Image19499 mins

Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow

Cold Comfort
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Cold Comfort

Animation & Artists Moving Image19441 mins

A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short

Compost Heap
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Compost Heap

Government sponsored film19422 mins

A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.

4 and 20 Fit Girls
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4 and 20 Fit Girls

194011 mins

Flock to your local keep fit class - there's a war on and Britain needs its citizens in tip-top shape.

Nursery Island
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Nursery Island

Documentary193618 mins Location: Farne Islands

The birdlife of Northumberland's Farne Islands comes under the spotlight in this pioneering documentary from the Secrets of Life nature series.

Wisdom of the Wild
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Wisdom of the Wild

Documentary194012 mins

Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.

London Pigeon
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London Pigeon

Documentary19409 mins Location: Westminster

Urban nature explored in this wonderful short film looking at the lives, habits and habitats of London’s pigeon population.

Market Town
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Market Town

Travelogue194210 mins Location: Newark-on-Trent

Rise and shine! Newark market calls with a seductive array of produce.

Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch
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Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch

Public Information Filler194112 mins

Poetic tribute to Mrs Turner's vegetable growing prowess, plus the delights of "wartime steaks"

Civilian Front
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Civilian Front

War194010 mins

It's all action on the home front with civilians on high alert to support the war effort.

Double Thread
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Double Thread

Documentary194333 mins Location: Guildford

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds (1940s-style) at a nursery in Guildford.

Way We Live
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Way We Live

War194664 mins Location: Plymouth

This stylish film shows the cramped life of one family in post-war Plymouth, and expands on the contentious plans for the city's rebuilding.

Out of Chaos
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Out of Chaos

Documentary194427 mins Location: Trafalgar Square

"Why in the height of a world war, should there be this terrific interest in painting?"

Once We Were Four
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Once We Were Four

Documentary19429 mins

Innocent bunnies face an onslaught of badgers, bombs and birds of prey in this black comedy masquerading as a nature film.

Boy and the Cat
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Boy and the Cat

Animation & Artists Moving Image197610 mins Location: South Shields

A boy and his cat make mischief in the snow at South Shields in this captivating hand-drawn childrens animation created by Sheila Graber.

Toys Will Be Toys
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Toys Will Be Toys

Animation & Artists Moving Image19885 mins Location: South Shields

Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.

Christmas Around the World
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Christmas Around the World

Animation & Artists Moving Image19785 mins Location: South Shields

Chomping alligators, a boomerang throwing kangaroo, a turkey in Turkey, and an angry lion, all mollified by a world touring, bumbling Santa.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Animation & Artists Moving Image19764 mins Location: South Shields

A classic Christmas carol brought joyously to life in this engaging and colourful Sheila Graber animation, with help from her school class.

Larn Yersel' Geordie
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Larn Yersel' Geordie

Animation & Artists Moving Image198011 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.

My River Tyne
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My River Tyne

Documentary19867 mins Location: South Shields

An unusual mix of pastel, photos, film and line drawings conjures a story of the River Tyne, from its source at the Scottish border to its mouth at South Shields.

Howway the Lasses
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Howway the Lasses

Documentary19771 mins Location: Northumberland

This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of womens revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.

Somersetshire Dairy Farming
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Somersetshire Dairy Farming

193712 mins Location: Bleadon

Milky movie: close-up on Somerset's changing milk and cheese industry

Bri-nylon and bri-lon at the Royal Albert Hall
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Bri-nylon and bri-lon at the Royal Albert Hall

Promotional19617 mins Location: Royal Albert Hall

A parade of colourful fashions wearing their synthetic brand with pride

A Family Called Abrew
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A Family Called Abrew

Documentary199240 mins

Meet the Abrews, a unique showbiz family whose imprint on British culture began in Scotland in the 19th century

Home Away from Home
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Home Away from Home

199311 mins

A powerfully bittersweet image of the loneliness and sacrifice in migration stories, centred on a Nigerian-British family

Welcome/Adieu
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Welcome/Adieu

Animation & Artists Moving Image19833 mins

Victorian lantern slides and a ‘patriotic’ rendering of God Save the Queen

Sentimental Journey
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Sentimental Journey

Animation & Artists Moving Image197734 mins

A poetic tutorial about how to make an experimental film

Nothing Is Something
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Nothing Is Something

19669 mins

The delicate everyday beauty of soap bubbles, moving water and rainbow reflections.

Living Memory
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Living Memory

Animation & Artists Moving Image198039 mins

The filmmaker revisits the landscape of her youth and her memory of it

Grandfather's Footsteps
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Grandfather's Footsteps

Animation & Artists Moving Image198336 mins

The filmmaker re-evokes the presence of her great-grandfather, Henry Stiles Savory, a Victorian clergyman, photographer and scientist.

Transmogrification
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Transmogrification

Animation & Artists Moving Image19809 mins

Two girls become 18th century ladies in this short film about the assumption of roles.

Lady Lazarus
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Lady Lazarus

Animation & Artists Moving Image199124 mins

A cinematographic response to Sylvia Plath’s Lady Lazarus with Plath’s own readings of her poetry

Eerie
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Eerie

Animation & Artists Moving Image19921 mins

A vertiginous lesbian kiss in a mountain cablecar inspired by German expressionism.

Arrows
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Arrows

Animation & Artists Moving Image198416 mins

A first-person essay on the experience of anorexia and its cultural causes

Uranium Hex
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Uranium Hex

Animation & Artists Moving Image198712 mins

Uranium mining in Canada and the destruction of the environment

Plutonium Blonde
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Plutonium Blonde

Animation & Artists Moving Image19860 mins

A fractured narrative on a female worker at a plutonium terminal

Ebb-tide
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Ebb-tide

Documentary19369 mins Location: Millport

Go with the flow: the marine life of Millport, Ayrshire, ingeniously filmed.

Terminals
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Terminals

Animation & Artists Moving Image198520 mins

A filmic exploration of the working conditions of female nuclear workers.

Serpent River
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Serpent River

Documentary198932 mins

An anti-nuclear film on a community living in proximity to uranium mines in Canada.

Fireworks
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Fireworks

Animation & Artists Moving Image19763 mins

Images of fireworks superimposed in the camera and in the optical printer

Clouds
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Clouds

Animation & Artists Moving Image19753 mins

Clouds filmed from a moving car producing the illusion of space within the frame

Still Life
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Still Life

Animation & Artists Moving Image19765 mins

A traditional ‘still life’ serves as subject for a film on colour transformation

The Ten Commandments of Love
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The Ten Commandments of Love

Animation & Artists Moving Image19794 mins

An impassioned embrace on an ocean pier to 'The Ten Commandments of Love'.

Light Music
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Light Music

Animation & Artists Moving Image19750 mins

Classic expanded cinema work that proposes a direct relationship between the sonic and the visual.

The Pecking Order
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The Pecking Order

Animation & Artists Moving Image19890 mins

A beautifully painted animated critique of modern intensive farming methods

Returning
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Returning

Animation & Artists Moving Image19807 mins

Looking outside and looking back in the same moment; the collision of memory and reluctance.

She Said
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She Said

198327 mins

A film on the theme of women’s work and free time

"Now I Am Yours"
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"Now I Am Yours"

Documentary199333 mins

Extreme state of religious and sexual ecstasy in this film on the figure of Saint Teresa

Journey
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Journey

Animation & Artists Moving Image19764 mins

Reveries during a train journey are suggested though montage

G
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G

19795 mins

A reflection on the relationship between language and work

Three Paces
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Three Paces

Animation & Artists Moving Image198914 mins

An urban fairy tale where myth and reality constantly collide

Swan
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Swan

Animation & Artists Moving Image19863 mins

Close-up images of a white swan as it prepares for flight

Durga (A Ritual)
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Durga (A Ritual)

Animation & Artists Moving Image198623 mins

Meaning is built through repetition in this filmic meditation of sexuality, loss and rebirth.

Unfolding
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Unfolding

198715 mins

A council launderette as a site of oppression and possible resistance

Fatima's Letter
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Fatima's Letter

Animation & Artists Moving Image199220 mins

A woman remembers her past while travelling on the London Underground

Chameleon
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Chameleon

19905 mins

A woman searches through an interior landscape, where she is both trapped and contained

A Nosegay
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A Nosegay

Animation & Artists Moving Image198617 mins

A homoerotic homage to Genet and Lautréamont with an angel and a hermaphrodite.

L'Ange Frénétique
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L'Ange Frénétique

19865 mins

A study of frustration and insolence featuring an epicene angel played by Cerith Wyn Evans

Snig
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Snig

Animation & Artists Moving Image19825 mins

A young woman shakes eels out from between the sheets of a bed.

Deck
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Deck

Animation & Artists Moving Image197114 mins

A reel of 8mm film undergoes a mysterious transformation through refilming, colour changing and printing

Light Occupations: Lens and Mirror Film
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Light Occupations: Lens and Mirror Film

Animation & Artists Moving Image19733 mins

Playful investigation of the filmic equipment, particularly camera and projector

Lens Hand Foot
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Lens Hand Foot

Animation & Artists Moving Image19733 mins

The filmmaker explores the relationship of her own body to the filmmaking apparatus

The Cat and the Woman, A Cautionary Tale
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The Cat and the Woman, A Cautionary Tale

Animation & Artists Moving Image19872 mins

A woman loses her head to a cat in return for a man.

Red Sea
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Red Sea

Animation & Artists Moving Image19826 mins

Spring tides and menstrual cycles at the full and new moon

Mysteries
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Mysteries

Animation & Artists Moving Image19827 mins

A photomontage film that offers an interpretation of the mystery of the harvest.

Free Show
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Free Show

Animation & Artists Moving Image197917 mins

Three potentially violent domestic activities performed by a woman.

Thinking Twice
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Thinking Twice

Animation & Artists Moving Image199710 mins

A film which attempts to reflect the rigour of the music featuring pianist Katharina Wolpe.

Milk and Glass
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Milk and Glass

Animation & Artists Moving Image19939 mins

Boundaries are blurred as images of a woman’s body are projected onto domestic objects

Hide & Seek
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Hide & Seek

198715 mins

A metaphorical and lyrical journey of discovery through childhood memories

Imaginary
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Imaginary

Animation & Artists Moving Image198916 mins

A film in three parts shot in varying intimate and personal environments.

Looking for the Moon
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Looking for the Moon

Animation & Artists Moving Image19875 mins

Tentative gestures of hands and body become symbolic of trust and the need to escape

That’s Entertainment/The Conjuror’s Assistants
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That’s Entertainment/The Conjuror’s Assistants

Documentary19780 mins

Frame by frame analysis of documentary footage taken at a children’s Christmas party.

Stabat Mater
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Stabat Mater

Drama19908 mins

An exultant journey through the emotional landscape of the filmmaker’s native Gibraltar.

Close to Home
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Close to Home

Documentary198528 mins

An image of freedom and the melancholy of parting in this film about Gibraltar

Tracks
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Tracks

Animation & Artists Moving Image198928 mins

A feminist collage/essay film that takes a critical look at certain feminist theories.

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