Women on the Periphery

Women of the Periphery Shorts 18

Women of the Periphery Shorts
Image: Britannia dir. Joanna Quinn

From the impact caused by colonialism on three Aboriginal women in Tracey Moffat’s Nice Coloured Girls, to Bexie Bush’s amusing depiction of armchair chat around British politics in the 2000s, this collection of short films, all directed by women, playfully reflects upon notions of British sovereignty and identity.

In Joanna Quinn’s award-winning Britannia (presented as part of Anim18), British Imperialism is subject to dogged interrogation until popular myths around politeness and cups of tea give way to a satirical beast. Presented with the Leonardo Da Vinci award in 1996 - ironically, by Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace! - Quinn’s triumphant short continues to resonate.

Before she made Bend it Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha explored what it meant to be British Asian in the 1980s with her groundbreaking documentary, I’m British But… Focusing on four British Asians - from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - Chadha contemplates the cultural influences of Asian immigrants on UK culture, and how those influences impact on their individual identities.

Finally, Fatima’s Letter is a personal account of journeying between two worlds, as doors open and close on the London Underground. Looking, listening and catching just a glimpse of others in transit mirrors the cultural tapestry of there metropolis, where meaning is so often displaced, somewhere in translation.

Fatima’s Letter will be presented on 16mm film format courtesy of LUX.

Followed by a Q&A with Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer and Cinema Rediscovered co-curator, and Karen Alexander, Autograph ABP