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Women in film are excited to be hosting a female gaze season of key past and present films at Deptford community cinema to present the work of five British and American female  directors.


In these films the focus is on groups of women; families, intergenerational relationships, daughters and mothers, and relationships with men. A  struggle for self definition is a driving force in all the films.

Andrea Arnold has explored the difficulties of the younger female self and to an extent thais can be seen in a 19th century context in Wuthering Heights.  Gurinda Chadha looks at  British Asian womanhood in the early 1990s with the focus on clashing traditions and expectations. There are many facets of different female identity within these films to explore and reflect upon, with questions to be asked; Is there a particular female gaze?  If so what is different about this gaze?

Within these films we can see traces of  feminism when filmmakers searched for a new film language deconstructing the way female bodies were portrayed.  How have the initial ideas been surpassed and taken on in the way women represent themselves, in an industry which continues to be male dominated?

Watch the films and find out…..

wuthering heights

FILM 1. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (2011)
A Film by Andrea Arnold
Thursday 19 APRIL | 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
VENUE: Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ

This is British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s third film which is an adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic 1847 novel. Arnold’s screen play, co-written with Olivia Hetreed and winner of the best cinematography award at the Venice Film Festival 2011, is a “brilliant, visceral” version in which director Andrea Arnold and cinematographer Robbie Ryan strip the story ruthlessly down to its bare essentials: pain, anger and love”.
(Peter Bradshaw The Guardian 2011)

Tickets can be purchased here.

 


bhaji on the beach

FILM 2. BHAJI ON THE BEACH (1993)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Thursday 26 April | 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
VENUE: Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ

 

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Channel 4
Director Gurinder Chadha’s landmark debut feature is the first to be helmed by a British Asian woman. The story concerns a day-trip to Blackpool by a disparate group of Indian women from the Saheli Asian Women’s Group. The group includes battered wife Ginder (Kim Vithana), refusing to stand by her man (much to the chagrin of her elders), unmarried teenage mum-to-be Hashida (Sarita Khajura), shunned by the same elders for her relationship with a black man, and respectable shop assistant Asha (Lalita Ahmed), who escapes into a fantasy world from her drab day-to-day existence when she is charmed by a local playboy thesp. Also along for the day are a middle-class Bombay woman of tasteless glamour and a couple of boy-crazy teenage girls.

Tickets can be purchased here.

 


daughters of the dust

 

FILM 3. DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991)
A Film by Julie Dash
Sunday 13 May | 2.30pm (doors 2pm)
VENUE: Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ

 

Daughters of the Dust is an independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash and is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. The film is set in 1902, and tells the story of three generations of Gullah (also known as Geechee) women in the Peazant family on Saint Helena Island as they prepare to migrate to the North on the mainland.

Tickets can be purchased here.

 


 

second coming

FILM 4. THE SECOND COMING (2014)
A Film by Debbie Tucker-Green
Sunday 10 June | 2.30pm (doors 2pm)
VENUE: Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ

 

In Second Coming, Jackie (Nadine Marshall) is a middle-aged mum with a history of miscarriages whose family life is thrown into turmoil by the prospect of another child. For Jackie, her much-loved 11-year-old son, JJ, (Kai Francis Lewis) is a miracle in his own right. Yet the prospect of another pregnancy raises the spectre both of traumatic maternal loss and of marital estrangement from Mark (Idris Elba), with whom she has not been intimate for some time. Is Jackie’s silence on the subject of her conception a symptom of denial, deceit, derangement – or something altogether more mysterious?

Tickets can be purchased here.

 


 

and ending with …

the arbor

FILM 5. THE ARBOR (2010)
A Film by Clio Barnard
Thursday 21 June | 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
VENUE: Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ

The Arbor directed by Clio Bernard, is part fictional restaging, part documentary charting the tragic story of Bradford born Andrea Dunbar who was thrust from a working class council estate into the theatrical spot light when her play The Arbor about a teenage pregnancy won the young writers’ festival and premiered at the Royal Court in 1980. Her next play Rita, Sue and Bob too was also a success and made into a film by Alan Clarke in 1982. Bernard’s film The Arbor used lip synching actors to play out a series of interviews she conducted with Dunbar’s family. The film is located on the Buttershaw estate where Dunbar lived and and uncovers with intensity the relationships that she had with her daughters and the tragic legacy she left behind.

Tickets can be purchased here.

 

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