Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary Film Culture in the UK, 2000-2015 is a four-year, AHRC-funded research project that investigates what is distinctive about the work of women in British cinema and what obstacles women face in the industry.
We are conducting primary research through a detailed statistical analysis of British films from 2000-2015, and conducting interviews with 50 women in six key filmmaking roles. Our Project Partners include the BFI, Women in Film and Television UK, BECTU, Birds Eye View, and Harbour Lights Cinema. The data collection will produce annual reports for the years of 2000-2015 detailing how many women worked in key production roles – director, writer, producer, exec producer, cinematographer and editor – on British films released between those years. The interviews are being recorded and will help us to build a story of women’s varied experiences in British film in the first part of this century, which will inform our writing and research. At the end of the grant they will be available to future scholars through the BECTU History Project archive.
The project also has a range of impact events planned. Shelley and Linda have spoken together at the Screenplay: Shetland Film Festival, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Southampton International Women’s Week, and individually at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the British Film Institute, Woman’s Hour and various universities around the UK. Future events are planned with Harbour Lights Picturehouse Cinema, Bird’s Eye View Films, and Women in Film and Television, UK. In addition, we will be hosting a large international conference on women and film.