Years after her death, film director Jill Craigie reopens an old suitcase, left behind in her house. The contents prompt memories of the extraordinary life and loves of this forceful, charismatic woman. Working outside the British Documentary Movement in the 1940s and early 50s, Craigie (1911 –99), was one of the first women directors in the UK. Her films such as To Be Woman (1951), on equal pay, and Out of Chaos (1944) on modern art, featuring Henry Moore and Paul Nash, tackled new subjects for the cinema through a unique blend of drama, polemic, and often humour. Her fascinating filmmaking career has been largely eclipsed in public memory by her role as the wife of former Labour leader, Michael Foot.
This is a F-Rated film. Please watch the trailer here.
Supported by The Arts and Humanities Research Council and The University of Sussex.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Reina Lewis (Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion, UAL) with director Lizzie Thynne.
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