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Histories of now: listening to women in British film

Histories of now: listening to women in British film
Histories of now: listening to women in British film

The research project ‘Calling the Shots: Women and contemporary film culture in the UK, 2000–2015’ investigates contemporary women's film history through two primary routes: the statistical analyses of the numbers of women in six key above-the-line professions (director, writer, producer, executive producer, cinematographer and editor), and interviews with 50 women in those same roles (by August 2018 we had interviewed 58). This paper focuses specifically on the permutations of the interview process for constructing women's film history in the contemporary period. Taking into consideration the theoretical, methodological and political issues at stake in recording oral histories of working women filmmakers, we contemplate the consequences of collecting and writing history that is still in medias res.

Film industry, gender inequality, oral history, women filmmakers
0961-2025
890-902
Cobb, Shelley
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Williams, Linda Ruth
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Cobb, Shelley
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Williams, Linda Ruth
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Cobb, Shelley and Williams, Linda Ruth (2020) Histories of now: listening to women in British film. Women's History Review, 29 (5), 890-902. (doi:10.1080/09612025.2019.1703542).

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The research project ‘Calling the Shots: Women and contemporary film culture in the UK, 2000–2015’ investigates contemporary women's film history through two primary routes: the statistical analyses of the numbers of women in six key above-the-line professions (director, writer, producer, executive producer, cinematographer and editor), and interviews with 50 women in those same roles (by August 2018 we had interviewed 58). This paper focuses specifically on the permutations of the interview process for constructing women's film history in the contemporary period. Taking into consideration the theoretical, methodological and political issues at stake in recording oral histories of working women filmmakers, we contemplate the consequences of collecting and writing history that is still in medias res.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 April 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 December 2019
Published date: 28 July 2020
Additional Information: Funding Information: The research for this article was made possible by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. The authors would like to thank Natalie Wreyford for all her influence and work on Calling the Shots' research, the anonymous peer reviewers of this article for their constructive feedback, and the editors of this special issue for their support and advice. Publisher Copyright: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Keywords: Film industry, gender inequality, oral history, women filmmakers

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Local EPrints ID: 432937
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432937
ISSN: 0961-2025
PURE UUID: d279fe3b-d065-4f4e-99f9-7b2f7749d075
ORCID for Shelley Cobb: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1153-8482

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 28 Jul 2022 04:02

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Author: Shelley Cobb ORCID iD
Author: Linda Ruth Williams

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