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46 Years in the Future – Women’s Film Festivals, then and now

May 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Femspectives presents: 46 Years in the Future – Women’s Film Festivals, then and now, Saturday 5th May, 12.30pm to 5pm, 18+

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In 1972 the Edinburgh International Film Festival hosted the UK’s first women’s film festival, which was entirely dedicated to the cinematic achievements of women directors. 31 films were screened with the hope to change the canon and film history forever. Today, 46 years later, most of these films are, once again, lost.

We will re-visit two feature films from the original programme and contextualise them anew in our discussion sessions after each screening.


by Jane Arden / UK / 1972 / 133 minutes / English language / 18+

“Based on Jane Arden’s Holocaust this movie brings the women’s film festival to a shattering conclusion. A descent into what is called “madness” and “schizophrenia” demands a radical break from cinematic convention and Jane Arden has achieved a major breakthrough. The movie follows the death and rebirth of a human being in terms that echo the world of R. D. Laing and David Cooper. At the same time, it promised, a rebirth of the cinema. It is a terrifying, haunting and enriching experience.” – from the Edinburgh International Film Festival 1972 programme


by Sue Crockford / UK / 1971 / 32 minutes / English language

“One of the most important reasons for making this film was to show Women’s Liberation not as a bunch of bra-burning heavies but as real people seeking to liberate themselves from a male orientated society, and with creative concepts for its eventual change. Filming began at the Women’s Liberation Conference in Oxford, February, 1970. This was the first large gathering of women making radical demands since the suffragettes, and the media treatment was the same – derisive and aggressive. The women themselves were therefore very wary of being filmed and misrepresented. A year later there was more filming at the March 6th demonstration in London.” – from the Edinburgh International Film Festival 1972 programme

This screening is part of RFN Scotland 6818.


This event is open to all (18+) and is free to attend. Please book via Glasgow Women’s Library.


The Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the mezzanine and archive.

An induction loop is available for events – please let a member of staff know if you require this.

The Library has disabled toilets on the ground and first floors. All the Glasgow Women’s Library bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender-neutral.

If you need help accessing the Library, or would like more information about access, please contact Glasgow Women’s Library and they will be very happy to offer you assistance.


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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