International Women’s Day Celebrations in March

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Her Century Scottish Women on Film

Scotland’s women lived through major social change in the twentieth century, challenging their roles in society and fighting for equality: at work and at home, classroom to croft, girlhood to motherhood. Discover their stories and hear their voices in Her Century, a timely collection of archive film curated by the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and guaranteed to spark debate. These films are screened together for the first time in a touring programme full of contemporary relevance.

Featuring work from Scottish female filmmakers including Sarah Erulkar, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper and Jenny Gilbertson, these rarely-seen films follow women’s histories through 100 years of filmmaking in Scotland.

Highlights include:

● Male and Female (1980) – A public health film directed by prolific but undiscovered documentary maker Sarah Erulkar, featuring teenagers discussing their views on gender roles in the 1980s.
● Herring Harvest at Yarmouth (1910c) – An early film showing the ‘Scotch lassies’ hard at work gutting and packing fish in Yarmouth, some 600 miles from home.
● A Day in the Home (1951) – An educational film for domestic science pupils about the ‘proper’ role of the housewife and mother in post-war Scotland.

We are screening these shorts along side some new releases from this century:

On Saturday 7th Her Century Horizons with SHExterme at 20.00

On Tuesday 10th Her Century Education with Little Women at 17.00

On Wednesday 11th Her Century Work with Be Natural: The Untold story of Alice Guy Blaché at 20.00

Her Century trailer:                    http://bit.ly/HerCenturyTrailer

Her Century trailer (captions):   http://bit.ly/HerCenturyTrailerCap

Her Century is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and funded by BFI and Screen Scotland. In partnership with the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

Posted on 10th February 2020


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