Thursday, October 6, 2011

Matthew Hays: Women in Film

The 118th season of the WASM opened with a scintillating start. Matthew Hays, film critic, writer, film festival programmer and academic, who won a Lambda Literary Award for his 2007 book “The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers", was our first speaker. He teaches film studies at Concordia University and has written film reviews for The Montreal Mirror and many other publications.

Yesterday his lecture was on Women in Film: Evolution of Representation. He talked about the history of women in film production and the possible reasons behind the dearth of female directors in today’s film industry. He spoke of the National Film Board and “Studio D” that funded and promoted women making films , including one on anti-nucleur activist Dr. Helen Caldicott. Many of the films, eg: “I’ll Find a Way”, “If You Love This Planet”, “Forbidden Love”, “Hookers on Davey”, “Not a Love Story” were ground-breaking, controversial, and internationally recognized. To learn more about this incredible era of creativity, check out the book; “D” is for Daring.

Notes by Diane Canuli, Photos Jackie Rae Wloski.

Dr. Helen Caldicott

Scenes from the film If You Love This Planet

A scene from Raging Bull, edited by Thelma Schoonmaker

Matthew Hays with WASM President Leslie Cohen

Today's bloggers, Jackie Rae Wloski and Diane Cannuli

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