Breaking the Sound Barrier

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in British and Irish Film and Television

Breaking the Sound Barrier was a one-day event organised by the Women’s Film and TV History Network-UK/Ireland, in collaboration with BFI Southbank and supported by MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network. 


Taking place on Saturday 18th June 2016, this one-day event focused on women’s role in the development and production in Britain and Ireland of sound as an integral part of the cinema and television experience. Given the paucity of known research into women’s work on sound media, this event aimed to take stock of past and present achievements and offer a broad introduction, from the pioneering days of British and Irish sound film to the experimental TV workshops of the 1980s, while looking ahead to new challenges and advocating for the development of new research projects.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Organising Committee | Lee-Jane Benion-Nixon, Elaine Burrows, Christine Gledhill, Deborah Jermyn, Janet McCabe, Angela Martin, Emma Sandon