Bird’s Eye View: Bloody Women
BEV 2011 slashes stereotypes to uncover women’s contributions to horror, from gothic drama to vampire chic. Bloody Women: From Gothic to Horror includes seminal silents by women pioneering the genre, recent classic horror movies made by women, a programme of cutting-edge horror shorts by emerging women filmmakers, and a panel discussion on women’s role in the genre.
Here is some information about the highlights, but for complete details see the website.
Bloody Women Panel Discussion.
ICA Theatre, Wed 16 March, 7.00pm
Co-hosted by the ICA, Birds Eye View’s Bloody Women programme slashes stereotypes to uncover women’s contributions to horror, from seminal classics to cutting-edge shorts. Featuring Emily Booth (actress & Horror Channel presenter), Alan Jones (critic and Film4 Frightfest co-director), Linda Williams (University of Southampton film professor).
Bloody Women Sound and Silents
at the Southbank Centre
Specially commissioned live scores by cutting-edge female musicians alongside seminal silent films by women breaking ground in gothic, horror and surrealist cinema.
Included is Germaine Dulac’s The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) considered by many the first surrealist film:
Dulac’s captivatingly macabre exploration of violence and erotica in a clergyman’s unconscious mind, considered the first surrealist film; scored and conducted by Grammy and Novello Award-wining musical innovator Imogen Heap, performed by the world-class Holst Singers.
If you aren’t familiar with the film, here’s a clip that gives a sense of how strange it is:
Another feature in the Bloody Women Sound and Silents is The Wind (1928), Victor Sjostrom (dir) and Frances Marion (scr.), with Lillian Gish. Lola Perrin performs live piano score. BFI Southbank NFT3, Fri 11 March, 6.10pm
Sweet virginal Hettie (Gish) moves out West to her cousin’s ranch in the ‘land o the winds’. Forced to marry Lige (Hanson) and inhabit his isolated shack, she is driven insane by the wild wind. Suppressed sexuality and gothic undercurrents run through this film, which was helmed by Lillian Gish and Frances Marion.
ICA Cinema 1, Sat 12 March 8.45pm
There’s also a selection of horror shorts by emerging women directors presented in association with FrightFest that sound fantastic. I’ll just mention the one I found a trailer for, but do check out the descriptions of the others on the website:
Dirty Bitch, dir. Sun Koh, Singapore, 2009. A love letter to the Singapore censors, inspired by a violently censored VHS of Claire Denis’ Nénette et Boni. Best Fiction and Best Direction winner, Singapore Short Film Awards. And here’s a trailer (definitely of the Eek! variety for me. Not sure I want to know what happens to the bunny):
There is also a showing of Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark at the Prince Charles Cinema Screen 1, Thu 10 March 8.45pm.
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