For 2019, HOME present a monumental, year-long season dedicated to Celebrating Women in Global Cinema. Co-curated by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager and Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, the season will focus on women working on both sides of the camera, promising an unprecedented selection of rare and hard to see films made by women from around the world. Hayward explains, “we’re taking our on-going commitment to diverse and inclusive film programming to the next level with the theme of women in film permeating our cinemas for an entire year – as opposed to a one-off season or event.”
In a year when the Academy of Motion Pictures saw that no women filmmakers were nominated for Best Director, HOME’s initiative seems timely. In addition to inspiring, necessary retrospectives of under-celebrated filmmakers such as New German Cinema director, Margarethe von Trotta and Hollywood star, director and producer Ida Lupino, HOME will also champion new work by women. Film fans visiting HOME’s website and browsing their brochures will be able to look out for the Celebrating Women in Global Cinema stamp, which will provide a quick way to identify and support cinema made with significant contributions by female filmmakers.
There’s an emphasis on bringing together a selection of work that is truly global. That means including films from South and East Asia, Africa and South and Central America – regions traditionally underrepresented in surveys of world cinema, especially when it comes to films made by women. To that end, HOME’s regular Not Just Bollywood season will be devoted to female creatives in Indian cinema, there will be a strand dedicated to filmmakers from the Arab world, as well as a special focus on women’s contributions to East Asian cinema.
The initiative won’t ignore pioneering work by women in British and American cinema either. In addition to the celebration of Hollywood figure, Ida Lupino, cinemagoers can come together to discover the work of Euzhan Palcy, the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio picture (A Dry White Season, 1989), and Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony-award winning Barbra Streisand. Closer to home, local filmmaker Carol Morley receives the retrospective treatment to coincide with the release of her latest film, an adaptation of the Martin Amis novella Out of Blue.
It goes without saying that the film industry has historically been a hostile place for women, and much of HOME’s programme helps to correct perceptions and elevate women’s voices. Writer and activist So Mayer presents an event entitled “Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon” as part of HOME’s partnership with The University of Manchester’s Sexuality Summer School. Meanwhile, Women, Organise! will feature a collection of films focussing on women’s activism and involvement in trade unionism marking the 120th anniversary of the GFTU (General Federation of Trade Unions) in 2019.
There are plenty of ways to engage more directly too, and HOME has been eager to reach out to audiences and programmers. Six programming slots over the year are to be curated by burgeoning female creatives and women looking to break into film exhibition. Evening courses on Women in Science Fiction and Women in Film Comedy provide chances for learning. While live recordings of Girls on Film, (the all-female review show presented by film journalist Anna Smith) across the year, provide live opportunities to speak to women in film criticism.
At Creative Tourist, we’ll be featuring events throughout the year. Read on to discover individual events scheduled as part of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema at HOME, and be sure to check back as more details are confirmed over the next twelve months. #WomenAtHOME