Winding Snake Productions, the Go Girls group and the WOW Women's Film Club spent the summer investigating the modern women's movement in a bid to find out just how far the battle for equality has come in Wales. Using questions prepared by the Go Girls, a group of young women from Newport aged 15-25, prominent Welsh women were asked about their lives. The Female Voice is produced and co directed by Amy Morris, who says, “there’s been a lot of activity in the last few years, around the third age of feminism, more questions are being asked about what we can do to make our society a fairer and safer place. During this project, the all female crew spent time with some great women living and working in Wales today and it’s been a really empowering experience. It’s going to be so hard to walk away afterwards, I want to hear more, and I think it’s a real must-see film for young women, trying to make space for themselves in Wales.”
The Female Voice will be screened alongside a selection of beautiful and striking short films made by women from Wales and around the world:
Welsh filmmaker Claire Fowler’s beautifully crafted new film Salam contrasts the lives of two women from New York through the eyes of a female minicab driver who navigates her night shift while waiting to hear life or death news from her family in Syria.
Joanna Quinn’s Body Beautiful is a much loved classic of Welsh animation. Beryl and her friends work in a Japanese factory in Wales. Overweight and ridiculed remorselessly by macho supervisor Vince, who is the bane of her life, the time comes for Beryl to get even.
Natasha Brooks’s Blue Hue is a short film about the experiences gained swimming naked year round in the lakes in Snowdonia, which won the British Mountaineering Council ‘Women In Adventure’ film competition and was an official selection for the prestigious BANFF Mountain Film Festival.
British-Indian director Sandhya Suri’s The Field is a refreshingly layered portrait of Lalla, a poor agricultural labourer in an Indian village preparing for the harvest of its remaining cornfield. But Lalla longs for a different life, one that requires all of the determination and bravery she can muster.
Alicia MacDonald’s satirical short Domestic Policy stars Lesley Manville as a tea lady eavesdropping on top secret government meeting called to solve the latest, gravest problem facing the British Empire - women’s rights.
Jessica Barclay Lawton’s We Keep on Dancing sees two distinctly disparate characters come bond over a broken down Volkswagen Beetle in a sweet, amusing tale of love, loss and… car trouble.
The films will be screened at the next WOW Women’s Film Club screening on Tuesday 18th December at The Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport.