WFTHN congratulate our members Mary Harrod, Katarzyna Paszkiewicz, Melanie Bell and Isabel Seguí on their well-deserved success at the BAFTSS 2019 awards. The full list of awards and comments can be found here.
According to Mary, their collection Women Do Genre in Film and Television was born at the Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference, at UEA in 2014. She and Kata met on a panel, along with fellow contributor Deborah Jermyn. The collection also features a preface by WFTHN founder Christine Gledhill. The publication which arose was described by BAFTSS as containing ‘nuanced, thoughtful essays’ and is ‘vital in its approach to genre.’
The judges noted that the writing moved on from the notion of subversion in women’s production and specifically worked ‘with the force of genre and the many questions around it.’ The collection features essays on authorship, romcoms and Melissa McCarthy to name just a few of the topics covered. Read more about the project’s evolution in Kata’s post, published last year.
Melanie Bell’s winning journal article, ‘Learning to Listen: Histories of Women’s Soundwork in the British Film Industry’ published in Screen, was anticipated by her presentation at Women Breaking the Sound Barrier, held at the BFI, London in June 2016. Exploring the contributions of women behind the camera and their technical expertise, the judges described the article as ‘an outstanding piece of historiographical filmic research’ based on ‘painstaking’ research. Its scholarly importance was acknowledged, namely its restoration of the ‘overlooked’ work of women in a ‘timely […] feminist reworking.’ Melanie is delighted that her win means the study of feminist film history is receiving greater publicity and new audiences. A WFTHN review of the sound event itself can be read here.
Isabel Seguí has won the Best Doctoral Student Article or Chapter 2019 for her article which challenges established authorship approaches: ‘Auteurism, Machismo-Leninismo, and Other Issues: Women’s Labor in Andean Oppositional Film Production’. According to BAFTSS, Isabel succeeded in constructing ‘new paradigms for historiographic methodologies in screen industries research’. Isabel wrote the article in between WFTHN’s biannual conferences and credits their influence as inspiring, describing the 2016 conference as ‘life-changing’ since ‘I felt that I found a community of like-minded researchers.’ Specifically Isabel states that her WFTHN conference experiences enabled her ‘to write the article in those terms.’
Alongside congratulations, we send a huge thank you to all of the winners. Their success reaffirms all of our academic members’ commitment to recover and reassess women’s work in film and television through exceptional scholarly effort. And, thereby, to place it at the centre of the film academy debates where it belongs.
Bell, Melanie (2017). ‘Learning to Listen: Histories of Women’s Soundwork in the British Film Industry’ Screen, 58: 4, pp. 437-57.
Harrod, M. And Paszkiewicz, K. (2018). Women Do Genre in Film and Television. New York and London: Routledge.
Seguí, I. (2018). ‘Auteurism, Machismo-Leninismo, and Other Issues Women’s Labor in Andean Oppositional Film Production’, Feminist Media Histories, 4:1, pp.11-36.