We are a group of researchers, teachers, archivists, collections managers, students, professionals, and enthusiasts engaged in exploring the contributions women have made to the emergence and development of film and television.
We have therefore come together to form the Women’s Film & Television History Network-UK/Ireland as a means of encouraging, supporting and disseminating research into women’s participation in screen media, and exploring their wide range roles, including:
· scriptwriting · producing · directing · designing costumes, sets, props · acting, dancing, singing · cinematography · sound design & recording · editing · music · distributing · trade reviewing · exhibition & cinema managing · audiences & fans · journalism, criticism.
By raising the visibility of women’s present and past relationship to cinema and television we aim to:
- encourage new approaches to film and television that are sensitive to gender, class and race
- ensure women’s work is recognised in the writing of screen histories.
- make a case for the preservation and availability of women’s films and television programmes
- increase programming choice in film theatres, television channels, DVD outlets
- impact on the teaching of screen media in schools and colleges
- raise the aspirations of young women who might seek careers in the media.
The Network focuses on British and Irish women working in the UK/Ireland or abroad and on overseas women working here. It is affiliated to Women & Film History International and encourages British and Irish contributions to international initiatives such as the Women Film Pioneers Database, the biennial international Women and Silent Screen conferences and the women’s television conference, Consoling Passions.
The Network is not based in a single institution but collaborates with a range of professional and academic organizations, archival collections and websites relevant to women’s filmmaking and television production such as the Women and Silent British Cinema (WSBC) website, Screenonline, the British Film Institute, The Women’s Library, WiFT (UK) and so on.
The history of the Network’s founding Workshops (2009-2011) and its first international conference, Doing Women’s Film History: Reframing Cinema Past and Future — supported by AHRC Network funding and the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland — are recorded on its archival wiki to be found at: http://wfh.wikidot.com.