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How many women film directors can you name? Agnes Varda? Jane Campion? Ida Lupino? Mira Nair? May Miles Thomas? The list is endless but how many of them have received the attention they truly deserve?  Mark Cousins landmark 14 hour documentary ( screening here in five programmes) is nothing less than a radical realignment of conventional film history. Mark uses over 700 clips from 183 female directors whose work spans the globe. The aim is to guide us through the themes and techniques of cinema, using only women filmmakers as examples. There are discoveries and revelations that will have you jotting down names and hunting down a whole new world of films. Executive producer Tilda Swinton along with Sharmila Tagore, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Thandie Newton, Kerry Fox and Debra Winger provide the narration for this extraordinary undertaking which is supported by a chance to see some rare delights back on the big screen.

Films in this Festival Strand

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6 March

Crossing Delancey - 35mm (PG)

Joan Micklin Silver’s enduring charmer is one of the best romantic comedies of its time

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2 March

Merrily We Go to Hell (N/C 8+)

Dorothy Arzner's striking camerawork and astute social commentary shine in Merrily We Go to Hell.

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3 March

Olivia (18)

Famed for her elegant literary adapations, director Jacqueline Audry worked at the front rank of post-War French cinema.

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5 March

Sugar Cane Alley (PG)

A warm coming of age story that celebrates the extraordinary moments in ordinary lives. ​

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4 March

The Ascent (PG)

A gripping depiction of men at war by a woman hailed as ‘one of the greatest unsung filmmakers of all time'

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6 March

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: 1 (N/C 12+)

The first of five programmes explores how directors achieve tone, introduce characters, capture conversations and handle framing and tracking shots

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7 March

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: 2 (N/C 12+)

​The journey continues in a wide-ranging programme that focuses on movement, simplicity of style, the story of films about children, dreams, the power of the close-up.

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7 March

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: 3 (N/C 15+)

​Sex, religion and politics are among the themes in the third programme of the documentary with a dazzling look at how women directors have filmed from the silent era to the 21st century.

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8 March

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: 4 (N/C 12+)

​Melodrama, memory, classic genres and tense emotions come under the spotlight in the fourth programme of the documentary.

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8 March

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: 5 (N/C 12+)

​The journey ends with the biggest themes of love, death and the meaning of life.

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