5 June, 7.15pm

120 Years of Women in Film + screening of Karen Day’s documentary film Girl from God’s Country

Part of Worthing WOW

The first narrative film was made in 1896 by director Alice Guy Blache. 120 years later only 1 woman has been awarded the Best Director trophy at the Academy Awards. Expect a lively debate about diversity within the film industry, favourite film clips from Lois Weber to Jane Campion, and a look ahead to how the television and film industry may change in the future.

An expert panel including Laraine Porter (British Silent Film Festival), Nuala O’Sullivan (Women over 50 Film Festival), and Kate Kinninmont, MBE (CEO, Women in Film and Television) discuss 120 years of women as makers and creators of cinema. The panel will be chaired by Melody Bridges, author of bestseller “Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema”.

The evening concludes with a rare screening of Karen Day’s 2014 documentary film Girl from God’s Country about pioneer Nell Shipman, one of the first female independent film makers.

Venue: Connaught Studio, Worthing

Tickets £10, Concessions £7.50

Event supported by Women in Film and Television and Film Hub South East.

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