120 years of Women in Film

Women's Film and Television History Network-UK/Ireland

120 years of Women in Film

Melody Bridges

In an inspiring blog entry, Melody Bridges, award winning film director and writer, remembers the impact of the Doing Women’s Film History conference in 2014 on her own relationship to women and cinema. In outlining her current work – as filmmaker, festival director and scholar – she describes the impact that knowing ‘our’ history has had on her personally. Her latest publication, Silent Women, Pioneers of Cinema (edited with Cheryl Robson) was recently published and is described below.

Little did I know, when I arrived at the University of East Anglia’s ‘Doing Women’s Film History’ conference in April 2014 that it would change the course of my life.

At that time I was busy promoting Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through (Supernova Books, 2014) a book in which I had contributed a chapter about the UK film and television industry. I…

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