Since 2015, the Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain project has
uncovered and digitised over 100 films made by women amateurs between
1928 and 1988, to identify and celebrate the historical role that such
women pioneers played in the British amateur film movement. Tonight, the
WAF project presents three of the earliest silent films in its
collection, with new soundtracks composed by Laura Rossi, and performed by Laura Rossi (Piano), Mike Outram (Electric Guitar), Trish Clowes (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone), Hugh Wilkinson (Tuned Percussion).
The three films are:
- Sally Sallies Forth (1928), directed by Frances Lascot :
heralded as the first amateur film produced entirely by women. Chaos
ensues when Sally (Sadie Andrews) becomes a maid for a day at an upper
class garden party.
- The Polite Burglar (1929), directed by Sadie Andrews : a
comedy produced as a competition for the London Amateur Cinematographers
Association – can you spot the 30 deliberate errors in the film?
- Doomsday (1932), directed by Ruth Stuart : an early amateur
science fiction film about the end of the world, strongly influenced by
European art cinema.
The programme will also include a Q&A with members of the WAF
project team, the East Anglian Film Archive, and a member of the
Institute of Amateur Cinematographers.
This event is supported by the University of East Anglia, the East
Anglian Film Archive, the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers, the
John & Joy Chittock Trust, and the ESRC Impact Accelerator Award.
Doors open at 19.00, for a 19.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.