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Report of SW Area Workshop – Women and Film

When groups in Devon were planning an Area workshop, member Marie Handyside knew who would fit the bill. Her daughter Dr Fiona Handyside is a senior lecturer in European film at the University of Exeter and had recently written a book on 'Sofia Coppola; A Cinema of Girlhood' (featured in the 2017 Big Read). So, on Saturday 28 October, over forty members and visitors from Devon and Cornwall came together for a workshop on 'Women and Film: Images, Memories and Fantasies'.

We started with a presentation by Fiona and her colleague Dr Danielle Hipkins, which expanded on the NWR national theme for 2017 of women in film. Interspersed with film clips, they focused on the multiple ways women interact with film: as directors, as stars and as viewers. We learnt how films such as 'Breakfast at Tiffanys', 'Pretty Woman' and 'Lost in Translation' subverted and changed how women were portrayed. Some of the very few 2017 films made by women such as 'United Kingdom', Wonder Women', 'Viceroy's House' and 'Beguiled' were highlighted.

After an excellent lunch we moved from the cinema style setting to workshop tables and encouraged by various questions, discussed the changing roles of women in film and shared memories of cinema going. Some members were regular cinema goers in the 1950s and 60s and recalled plots and stars from those times. Memories were stimulated and illuminated by posters, books and magazines from the University's Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. 

Many thanks to Carolyn Hempenstall, Glenda Cooper and the area team for arranging such an interesting, informative and stimulating event. I returned home inspired to find out more, view productions more critically and with a list of films to see and some to watch again.

Fiona and Danielle have kindly offered to create a pack so that other NWR groups can explore or revisit the Women in Film topic.

Josephine Burt

Oct 2017

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Whatever happened to summer?

What happened to our summer break?

Staff and the volunteers who run NWR can usually rely on a quiet period between late July and September to catch up on annual tasks and outstanding issues.  After all the hard work of the national conference is over, the pace changes and we can relax a bit to take holidays, spend time with our families or just enjoy the summer. 

Early work on the Telephone Treasure Trail then starts in August and preparations for the next trustee meeting get underway in September as everyone focuses on the year ahead.

Not this year however! 

Staff and trustee resignations have made this a busy summer and early Autumn as replacements have to be found to keep our organisation going.  New job roles and descriptions for staff had to be agreed and advertised. Then came the shortlisting and interviews and, for the lucky applicants, an induction schedule and settling in period to be organised. 

To keep the organisation going we need a whole range of volunteers from Regional/Area Organisers, to special group leaders, to trustees.   We encourage any interest and aim to find ways to use members' experiences and skills.

So we look forward to working with our new members of staff, our new trustees and volunteers as they bring new ideas and fresh energy. 

I can now return to my garden and reading and relaxing - for a few weeks at least... although the TTT is coming up quickly... and then there is Christmas...

Best wishes

Josephine

 

 

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Defining what is special about NWR is something we have tried to describe since we started in 1960. What is the difference between NWR and the WI or U3A, or any of the online groups such as Meetup groups or Together Friends? Sometimes it is easier to say what we don't do - get involved with fundraising or engaged in campaigning - than be concise about what we are. However let's try!

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Ginnie Rhodes
Great blog Josephine , summarises us very nicely .. thank you
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:11
Sarah Akhtar
Great article. What I think makes us different (and better) is the informality of NWR. No minutes or agenda, plenty of member part... Read More
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:11
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Marilyn Vigurs
Thank you Josephine for an interesting insight into your work as Chair of the NWR Trustees. It is obviously demanding on time and... Read More
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Jenny Lee
I'd just like to echo all that Marilyn has said and say a big 'thank you' to Josephine and her hardworking colleagues. A lot of wo... Read More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:19
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