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Celebrating Women in Global Cinema

Friday 30 November 2018

IN 2019 HOME Manchester will host a year-long programme of films and special events highlighting and celebrating women in film from across the world, as part of a link with the University of Salford.

From specially curated retrospectives, seasons and special events, to takeovers of annual favourites such as Not Just Bollywood, this branded series of screenings and events will explore and challenge the place and space of female filmmakers from a variety of cultural, social and political perspectives.

Celebrating Women in Global Cinema is co-curated by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager and Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator: Film and Professor of Film Studies, School of Arts and Media at University of Salford.

Dr Willis said: “As well as building on the links we have developed between the two organisations over the past three years since HOME opened, this initiative brings together both institutions commitment to diversity in a way that is both innovative and concrete.  

“There are all sorts of events planned across 2019 but for me one of the early highlights is a retrospective of the work of writer Debbie Horsfield. Much of her work is set in Salford and Manchester and the retrospective will include a rare complete showing over two days of her acclaimed series Sex, Chips and Rock and Roll. 

“In addition, Debbie Horsfield herself will be at HOME on Monday 28 Jan 2019 at 17.45 for a Q&A following a screening of the first episodes of her series Making Out and Cutting It.”

Rachel Hayward commented: “In 2019 we’re taking our on-going commitment to diverse and inclusive film programming to the next level with the theme of women in film permeating our cinemas for an entire year – as opposed to a one-off season or event. We look forward to celebrating what women from across the world have achieved in film to date and encouraging and supporting the female creatives of the future so that female voices in our industry become louder in the years to come.” 

Recognising the importance of accessibility and equality within the film industry from entry-level upwards, HOME has opened up six programming slots across the year to be curated by burgeoning female creatives and women looking to break into film exhibition, who are invited to attend a public “Meet Up” event in January to meet the HOME programming team, with a view to pitching their own content ideas.

Women in Global Cinema will partner with the recently launched Girls On Film podcast - the all-female review show presented by film journalist Anna Smith - to bring a series of live podcasts to HOME across the year. Championing the female perspective in film criticism and its importance to the exposure of female-led films, the events will include live debates, interviews and film reviews.

For more information see the Home website

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Sam Wood

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