Join us for a dynamic and timely re-staging of Circles’ inaugural film programme ‘Her Image Fades as her Voice Rises’ (1982), with films selected by Lis Rhodes and Felicity Sparrow. A selection of four films by four filmmakers made across time and different generations of women filmmakers placed in dialogue with each other.
Circles, founded in 1979, was the first feminist film and video distribution organisation in the UK that emerged out of a heightened moment in the 1970s narrative of London’s feminist film history, politics and collective activism in which the Women’s Liberation Movement played an influential part. Cirlces provided an essential role in the promotion and distribution of exclusively women filmmakers, supporting filmmaking that varied from political and social documentary to more experimental practice.
Set up by feminist filmmakers Annabel Nicolson, Felicity Sparrow and Lis Rhodes among others, the group were concerned not only with the promotion of contemporary filmmakers but also the rehabilitation of pioneering women filmmakers such as Alice Guy, Germaine Dulac and Maya Deren whose films had been marginalised or erased from history altogether. Crucially, Circles was a chance to consider women filmmakers within the context of their own concerns.
‘Her Image Fades as Her Voices Rises’ was the first of several pioneering film touring programmes Circles ran in early 1980s that grew up out the cultural and political debates from the 1970s. An eight-page accompanying booklet was produced outlining programme’s themes and connections:
“We shall try to make explicit links and fractures between four films made by four women whose lives and work belong to different times and different places – different languages even – but whose voices are placed within similar constraints. We all experience these constraints but most women are allowed no time or space to reflect upon them”.
- Often During the Day (Joanna Davis, UK, 1979, 15mins)
- A House Divided (Alice Guy, USA, 1913, 13 mins) (16mm presentation)
- The Smiling Madame Beudet (Germaine Dulac, France, 1922, 35 mins) (16mm presentation)
- Light Reading (Lis Rhodes, UK, 1978, 20 mins)
Join us in a post screening discussion with Circles co-founder Felicity Sparrow and Charlotte Procter (Cinenova Working Group).
With very many thanks to the Cinenova Working Group, LUX and to Felicity Sparrow, Lis Rhodes and Jo Davis.