Louisa Wei’s Golden Gate Girls (2013) and the (re)discovery of Esther Eng, Chinese American film pioneer (1914-1970)

Highlighting Wei's documentary about the American-born Chinese female director by Melanie Williams One of the highlights of the 'Doing Women's Film and Television History' conference in Norwich in April was the chance to see S. Louisa Wei's beguiling documentary on a women director most of us had never even heard of before, the Chinese American film … Continue reading Louisa Wei’s Golden Gate Girls (2013) and the (re)discovery of Esther Eng, Chinese American film pioneer (1914-1970)

Locating the Women in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

A discussion of the vital contributions made by three women beyond the screen by Melanie Williams Despite running for over three hours, David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia has no female speaking part and scant female on-screen presence. Women exist in the world of the film only as swathed masses bidding farewell to the … Continue reading Locating the Women in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)