nell-shipman-in-the-girl-from-gods-country-1921Melody Bridges co-editor and contributing author of our book Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema is chairing a panel discussion on the history of women in film and the UK première of a new documentary on silent filmmaking pioneer Nell Shipman by Karen Day (who has written about Shipman in the book).

An expert panel including Laraine Porter (British Silent Film Festival), Nuala O’Sullivan (Women Over 50 Film Festival) and Kate Kinninmont MBE (Women in Film and Television) discuss 120 years of women as makers and creators of cinema.

It has been argued that the first narrative film was made in 1896 by director Alice Guy-Blache. 120 years later, only one woman has been awarded the Best Director trophy at the Academy Awards. Expect a lively debate about diversity within the film industry, favourite film clips from Lois Weber to Jane Campion, and a look ahead to how the television and film industry may change in the future.

Following the discussion is the première UK screening of Girl from God’s Country (2014), a documentary about groundbreaking silent era filmmaker, Nell Shipman (1892–1970).

The event has been programmed as part of this year’s Worthing WOW for whom Melody is Artistic Director.  This event takes place on 5 June, 7.15pm. More information.

Event supported by Women in Film and Television and Film Hub South East.