The Gentle sex

Girls Like Us

Cinema Rediscovered 2017

World War II Britain gave fertile inspiration to emergent women writers, producers and stars, and resulted in some astonishing propaganda movies that merged stark reality with fiction and fantasy, many with a female bias.

Producer Stephen Woolley has selected two highlights from his recent Girls Like Us season at BFI Southbank, showcasing distinguished wartime films that embraces the everyday reality of a besieged and battered Britain.

The season was inspired by the development and making of Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest (produced by Stephen Woolley), which is also screening as part of this Girls Like Us strand of Cinema Rediscovered.


Previous screenings in this season

Their Finest

classified 12A Girls Like Us
Their finest, writing
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
A witty and finely tuned WWII charmer from Lone Scherfig (An Education) based on Lissa Evans' novel Their Finest Hour and a Half starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

Millions Like Us

classified PG Girls Like Us
Millions like us
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
Sent away from home to work during the war, homesick Celia finds herself surrounded by women from all walks of life, discovering purpose and community in the most unlikely place.

The Gentle Sex

classified U Girls Like Us
The Gentle Sex
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
This all-female cast WWII film, co-adapted by Moie Charles from her own story, reveals the positive and courageous role women played in the war effort on home soil.