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I recently met up with Hope Dickson Leach, a filmmaker on a mission! She is part of a group of female filmmakers, academics and writers who have launched the Raising Films initiative – set up to address the issue of inequality in the film industry by looking directly at issues of childcare and a working culture that makes it increasingly difficult for anyone with caring responsibilities to participate. I’ve written a blog for them which provides an introduction to my theoretical framing. Be great if you could have a read!

http://www.raisingfilms.com/?p=154

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Last night I attended a UK screening of Miss Representation Jennifer Siebel Newsom‘s documentary that looks at how the US media portrays women and young girls. This event was hosted by Women in Film and TV and Amnesty International UK.

Just watch the trailer and you’ll get a taste of the heart-lurching-lump-in-your-throat feeling that this film evokes. The opening still displays a quote from Alice Walker “The most common way that people give up their power is by thinking that they don’t have any”. This is followed by a montage of sexualised, violent and demeaning images of women cut between quotes from contributors about the media’s treatment and representation of women and the impact on society. From the start, you know that this is a campaigning film, designed to provoke its audience into action.

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