A celebration of women in film and on stage.
In 2017 mac welcomes a flurry of films and events that champion the importance female roles on screen, stage, in the film industry and their contribution to society.
Still a controversial issue, the gender inequality of the film industry in particular remains a stark reminder to the battles still being fought by women to reach their potential in all walks of life.
Films coming in March
Natalie Portman, star of Jackie, is a tireless campiagner for realistic depictions of women in film and for more women to be in the film industry:
Film report about the real life Mr and Mrs Loving who had to fight against all odds for their right to be together:
Viola's speech as she accepts the #SeeHer Award, a prize designed to highlight women dedicated to "advancing the movement to accurately portray women and girls in media". The honor comes on the heels of the 51-year-old's successful career in television and female-centric charity work.Viola Davis's Inspiring Feminist Message at the Critics' Choice Awards.
Viola Tops the Feminist moments of 2015
Read about Ruth Wilson's opinions on equal representation of both participants in on-screen sex scenes HERE
Read a critical review of the play HERE
"Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright who published Hedda Gabler in 1890, was an ardent supporter of women’s rights (which he insisted was merely the support of humanity) and created many flawed, complex heroines throughout his plays." - Michelle Lee. Sparkmovement.org
Director Mike Mills talks 20th Century Women, feminism and the women who shaped him with Esquire
"20th Century Women Is an Ode to Female Resilience" - Read the full review by The Atlantic HERE
"Bening has a rebellious streak in her, she’s subversive. She’s not going to do what you think she’s going to do’" - The Guardian. Read the full interview with Annette Bening HERE
Mark Kermode's video review HERE
Listen to BBC Radio 4's Today programme with female director Jane Gull and actor Steven Brandon HERE
“I feel like, you close the door on women, you close the door on humanity.” - Hidden Figures director Theodore Melfi, Interview with The Cut
"As Other Actresses Dodge the "Feminist" Label, Taraji P. Henson Embraces It" - Metro Interview
"Isabelle Huppert on Elle, the rape-revenge thriller that’s set to divide audiences" -Interview with The Pool
"The Movement of Black Femmes", by Julia Blakey for GUTS
"How ‘The Fits' Became The Girl Power Movie of 2016", David Fear interview with Anna Rose Holmer for Rolling Stone
"Finding Our Own Coming-Of-Age Narratives"Bim Adewunmi for Buzzfeed
"New Film “The Fits” Explores the Hysteria of Adolescence’ by Sophia Nguyen, Bitch Media
"A Chat with Anna Rose Holmer, Director of the Summer’s Best Film, The Fits" by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Jezebel
"The Fits, A Tale of Girlhood and Growing Up" Elodie Silberstein, gal-dem
Further reading on Women in the Film Industry
BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour
We know that women in the film industry are underrepresented behind the camera. Besides the small number of directors gaining recognition, in the Academy Award's 89-year history, a woman has never been nominated for best cinematography, making it the only Oscars category that has only ever honoured men. Jenni speaks to two women who work as cinematographers; Vanessa Whyte, co-founder of Illuminatrix - a collective of female cinematographers and Kate Reid who has worked on shows such as Call the Midwife and Uncle.
Shows and Films coming soon