The London Women's Film Group formed in January 1972 with two aims: to disseminate the ideas of the Women's Liberation movement and to give women access to the skills and facilities denied them by the film industry. They distributed and screened their own films, and those of others. Women of the Rhondda, which follows the lives of four women in a South Welsh mining village, was distributed by the Group, and the critical discussions around it informed their own film The Amazing Equal Pay Show, which adopted a more didactic approach in order to 'provide an analysis of sexism within capitalist society'. Described as a 'political burlesque in seven tableaux', The Amazing Equal Pay Show examines the questions of equal pay, women's roles within the unions, and the status of women's work. The screenings will be followed by a conversation with Julia Knight about the London Women's Film Group, with a focus on how their films were distributed and presented.
This event is part of the programme 'Visions, Divisions and Revisions: Political Film and Film Theory in the 1970s and 80s', organised by Petra Bauer and Dan Kidner. It takes place during the exhibition 'A History of Irritated Material', 25 February to 2 May 2010.
This event is free but booking is essential as space is limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.