Melody Bridges co-editor and contributor to our new book Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema will be on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on Friday 4 March 10am.
Silent Women: Pioneers of CinemaÂ explores the incredible contribution of women atÂ the dawn of cinema when, surprisingly, more women wereÂ employed across the board in the film industry than they areÂ now. It also looks at how women helped to shape the content,Â style of acting and development of the movie business in theirÂ roles as actors, writers, editors, cinematographers, directorsÂ and producers. In addition, we describe how women engagedÂ with and influenced the development of cinema in their rolesÂ as audience, critics, fans, reviewers, journalists and the arbitersÂ of morality in films. And finally, we ask when the currentÂ discrimination and male domination of the industry will giveÂ way to allow more women access to the top jobs.