The London Women's Film Group was formed in 1972 in response to the seemingly impermeable male-dominated film industry and culture of the time along with the urgently felt need to put women's stories, told by women, on the screen. Made up of a dedicated assortedment of practitioners and theorists, the group produced a variety of films, both individually and collectively, including Women of the Rhondda (1973), Put Yourself in My Place (1974), The Amazing Equal Pay Show (1974), and Whose Choice? (1976). The group and its work provided inspiration to one another and to many other women who perceived the lack of feminist expression in film. In this essay, early Film Group member Barbara Evans provides a personal account of the formation and key moments in the evolution of the group.
Rising Up: A Memoir of the London Women's Film Group, 1972–1977
Barbara Evans is an associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University in Toronto, where she specializes in documentary production and history. An award-winning filmmaker, she has worked extensively as a director, producer, writer, researcher, and editor. Her written research includes a focus on the work of early women documentary filmmakers, including Ruby and Marion Grierson, Evelyn Spice, and Jenny Brown Gilbertson. She is a former member of the London Women's Film Group.
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Barbara Evans; Rising Up: A Memoir of the London Women's Film Group, 1972–1977. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2016; 2 (2): 107–121. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2016.2.2.107
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