The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers

The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers
The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers

Year

2022

Duration

97 minutes

Genres

Documentary, Short Films

Language

English

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Synopsis

Although often sidelined in history, women filmmakers were an integral part of the beginnings of the documentary genre. This selection of British documentaries and docu-dramas were made between the 1930s and 1960s by some of the leading women filmmakers working in the UK at the time. Included in this collection are two films by the siblings of John Grierson, who is referred to as the father of British documentary. Marion Grierson uses inventive techniques to depict the British coast in ‘Beside the Seaside’. Her sister, Ruby Grierson, blends documentary with drama to depict domestic work in ‘They Also Serve’. The mysteries of maternity are explored in Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper’s public information film ‘Birth-Day’. Kay Mander’s ‘Home for the People’ candidly examines the living conditions of working-class women. While Sara Erulkar’s ‘Something Nice To Eat’ was sponsored by the Gas Council and humorously celebrates the joys of food and eating. 

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12A Classification

disturbing images, self-harm references

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