On my to do list -
NEW VIEWS WANTED
“Now one thing never to be lost sight of in considering the cinema is that it exists to please women. Three out of every four of all cinema audiences are women.”
— Iris Barry, Let’s Go to the Pictures, 1926
“In short, men dominate the reviewing process of films primarily made by men featuring mostly males intended for a largely male audience. The under-employment of women film reviewers, actors, and filmmakers perpetuates the nearly seamless dialogue among men in U.S. cinema.”
We’re inviting women who are not already professional film journalists to write us a brief thumbnail description (circa 300 words) of a person in the world of film who is or has been an inspiration to them. The subject can be related to cinema in any way: an actor, screenwriter, costumier, lab technician or even subject of a movie. We’re interested in your heroes, models and muses, but also in your critical acumen: your writing should be passionate and imaginative but also insightful and analytical.
To get started, we’re running some suggestions by our own female writers, which you can read here. We’ll also upload to an online ‘wall of inspiration’ all the entries we think are fit to print (let us know if for some reason you don’t wish to appear here).
The best entry will win a year-long mentoring programme with one or more of our female journalists, plus a commission to write a longer feature for this website. Two runners up will win an annual subscription to Sight & Sound.
To enter, please email your entry to email@example.com by 10am, 3 May. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and (for monitoring purposes) your age, your writing experience and your current profession/job/education status. You can download this form to use and either attach it or paste it into the body of your email.
A panel will judge the entries and we’ll announce the results by mid May. Please see our terms and conditions at the bottom of the page.
Please sign this petition and reblog it, even if you don’t do film studies. The BFI (British Film Institute) is proposing splitting up the collection in the BFI Library, currently located in Stephen Street near Tottenham Court Road, and moving it in part to the BFI Southbank and to Hertfordshire because of budget cuts.
As a film student in London, the BFI Library has been an invaluable resource for my research, as well as that of anyone who researches film in London. On top of this, we already pay a membership to access the extraordinary collection housed in the Library. To see it split up would mean not getting our money’s worth and it would be a great detriment to London film culture.
It’s really important to keep this resource where it is and in one piece. For the love of Cinema, pass it on!