23-24 January 2016
Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB
From the first arrivals Women for Life on Earth in 1981 to the thirty thousand women who formed a human chain to Aldermaston in 1983, the Greenham Common Peace Camp is a shining example of non-violent feminist action, changing both lives and laws. “The women of Greenham Common taught a generation how to protest,” noted Beeban Kidron, who made her first film living on-site, and feminist filmmakers such as Caroline Goldie and Tina Keane documented this radical utopia. Club des Femmes bring back Greenham for one weekend with films, feminism and activism, as together we remember and revive Greenham’s legacy.
Saturday 23 January 2016, 1.30pm
Intro by Professor Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck College)
Carry Greenham Home
Dirs. Beeban Kidron & Amanda Richardson, UK, 1983, 69mins
Beeban Kidron’s body of film and television work is intrepid, unpredictable and all the more remarkable for it. From her television adaption of Jeannette Winterson’s autobiography Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (1990) to taking on the quintessential chick lit flick Brigit Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) up to the more recent teens and Internet documentary InRealLife (2013), her intellectual, political and cinematic curiosity is unstoppable. Yet it is her rarely screened National Film and Television School graduation film Carry Greenham Home that we happily revisit and reaffirm as a feminist film classic. Kidron and her collaborator Amanda Richardson lived at the Women’s Peace Camp for more than seven months. The camp aimed to prevent the sitting of atomic cruise missiles at a US airbase located at Greenham Common in Berkshire. Shot almost entirely on video, the film’s depiction of the women involved in the peace movement contrasts greatly with mainstream media portraits of the time and the subsequent collective memory.
Dir. Caroline Goldie, UK, 1986, 42mins
In 1929 Nell Logan took part in a youth peace conference in Moscow. More than 50 years later she was among the women fighting against Cruise missiles at Greenham Common. Caroline Goldie’s tender film portrait of Nell Logan shows her Greenham activities in the context of a life-long struggle by interweaving scenes from Nell’s life in the mid 80s with absorbing archive material reflecting her past and half a century’s commitment to political activism.
Sunday, 24 January 2016
12-6pm – FREE – Rio Cinema basement
Club des Femmes Activists’ Handbook
Club des Femmes take over the Rio’s basement for one day only. Join us as together we create a 21st century feminist activists’ handbook in the spirit of Greenham. Please feel free to drop by anytime.
12pm: MAKE MORE NOISE! SUFFRAGETTES IN SILENT FILM (75mins)
1.15pm SILO WALK (on a loop)
1.30pm Performance: Lucy Reynolds SILO SONG
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5pm GREENHAM GRANNY on 16mm (42mins)
5.45pm Lisa Gornick Activist Handbook Live Drawings (below)
THE TIME IS NOW is a UK-wide film project, celebrating women forcing change, curated and produced by Showroom Workstation and Film Hub North in partnership with Pathé and Twentieth Century Fox. THE TIME IS NOW is a BFI Film Audience Network initiative with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.