Based in the city of Leeds in the north of England, Leeds Animation Workshop describes itself as a “not-for-profit, cooperative company, which produces and distributes animated films and films on social and educational issues.” The organization was formally established in 1978 following a collaboration by a group of women on the film Who Needs Nurseries? We Do! In this interview Terry Wragg, a member of the group since that founding period, talks with Yvonne Tasker about funding patterns, filmmaking, the women's movement, and the significance of the workshop movement in the United Kingdom.
An Interview with Terry Wragg on the Work of the Leeds Animation Workshop
Terry Wragg is a founding member of Leeds Animation Workshop, which had its beginnings with a group of women who began working together in 1976 on the film Who Needs Nurseries? We Do! The workshop was formally established in 1978 and has since then produced and distributed almost forty short films. Still active after three and a half decades, it remains a dynamic independent nonprofit feminist collective organization making films about violence against women, imperialism, sexism, racism, equality at work, child care, sexuality, and many other issues. The films have been shown all over the world, and many have been translated into other languages. The most recent, They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers' Story, was released in 2015. All Leeds Animation Workshop films are available on DVD; send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvonne Tasker is a professor of film studies and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Her research and teaching is concerned with the work of women filmmakers considered through a feminist frame.
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Yvonne Tasker; An Interview with Terry Wragg on the Work of the Leeds Animation Workshop. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2016; 2 (2): 122–132. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2016.2.2.122
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