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The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers
Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022
The Camera is Ours, dirs. Marion Grierson, Ruby Grierson, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper, Kay Mander & Sarah Erulkar, United Kingdom 1935 – 67, 97 min., English, PG


This revelatory feature-length programme of shorts throws a spotlight on the female filmmakers who helped to give British documentary film a distinctive aesthetic in its nascent years.
 
Female filmmakers were at the forefront of innovation in the early years of British documentary – including Ruby Grierson and Marion Grierson, sisters to the better-known John. Marion is represented here by Beside the Seaside (1935), which uses a witty array of techniques to stylish effect, while Ruby’s dramatised wartime documentary They Also Serve (1940) is dedicated to ‘the Housewives of Britain’. The programme also includes Birth-Day (1945), Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper and Mary Beales’s exploration of the mysteries of maternity; Kay Mander’s powerful Homes for the People (1945), which uses the then-radical technique of allowing working-class women to describe their own lives; and Sarah Erulkar’s Something Nice to Eat (1967), featuring Jean Shrimpton.
 
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Fri, 03 Jun 2022
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Sat, 04 Jun 2022
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Tue, 07 Jun 2022
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