A remarkable debut feature, The Host (60 mins, UK, '16) is Miranda Pennell's visual journey through a range of source materials from the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now known as BP). The oil magnate's visual archive offers a rich, secret history that extends beyond official record and becomes a puzzle of political intrigue.
Exposing one of the 20th Century's most impacting stories, Pennell deftly weaves an imperial history into the narrative of her own life. A beautifully assembled and carefully considered and haunting documentary, The Host is followed by a selection of short films from the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) called Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain. A delightful program of snapshots and comedies, personal dramas, documentaries and travelogues, from animation to Super 8 that construct a previously unseen picture of women's experiences in Britain from the 1920s to the 1980s.
Exploring themes of love and infidelity as well as the elusive nature of time and questions of identity, they were uncovered and digitised by the EAFA to put women back on the agenda, and the collection showcases over ninety years of previously ignored filmmaking.
The screening will be followed by a conversation on working with archives featuring Miranda Pennell and representatives from the East Anglian Film Archive and SWFTA hosted by programmer and critic Tara Judah. With thanks to the Independent Cinema Office.