Independent Miss Craigie + Q&A (adv 12a)

Mon 1 January 0001 - Tue 22 March 2022

UK | 2020 | 93’ | adv12a | Lizzie Thynne 

Working outside of the British Documentary Movement in the 1940s and 50s, Jill Craigie was one of the first women to make documentary films in Britain including Out of Chaos (1944), a pioneering film about artists at work, which featured Henry Moore and Paul Nash. Working with local people in Abergwynfi she made the drama Blue Scar (1949), which is one of the most authentic looks at mining towns in the 20th century. Echoing Craigie’s signature hybrid of fiction and documentary, Thynne’s film charts its subject’s journey from young, confident filmmaker to a woman whose achievements were eclipsed partly due to her marriage to the then-Labour leader Michael Foot.  

Blending feminist and socialist politics, juggling activism with entertainment, and receiving a degree of critical recognition on the release of her work, Jill Craigie was a vital and unique voice in the history of British film and documentary, whose story is thrillingly retold in this essential film.  

+ Join us for a discussion with Lizzie Thynne and Red Flannel Filmmaker Michele Ryan 

 Supported by The Arts and Humanities Research Council and The University of Sussex. 


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