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Providing audiences with an opportunity to reflect on a century of cultural transformation and social change, the Revealing Women season of films at Newcastle’s Star & Shadow Cinema offers a diverse programme of screenings which explore women’s histories and the representation of women in comedy and horror, and through political and social documentaries.

The screenings are eclectic and offer the viewer meaty subjects to engage with. Kicking off on Wednesday 24th April, What About The Women features archive material from across the North East and Yorkshire over the last 100 years, and reflects on how women have been represented on screen: it’ll enrage and entertain in equal measure. Northern female comedy comes under the spotlight on Wednesday 8th May, with a screening of 1981 Tyne Tees documentary Laughing At Life, which profiles Geordie comedian Pauline Petty. Comedian and poet Kate Fox will also join the event, discussing her recent research into funny Northern women. Thursday 9th will see a screening of Ngozi Onwurah’s exploration of race, gender and identity, Welcome II The Terrordome, plus a live performance from Afro-Latin duet Ladies of Midnight Blue and a DJ set from Awkward Black Girl.

Pitch-black comedy Prevenge, on Friday 10th, follows murderous pregnant protagonist Ruth; the film will be introduced by Dr. Alison Peirse, editor of Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre who will also preside over a post-film discussion about maternal horror films and women in the horror industry. Story Telling For Earthly Survival on Tuesday 21st is a film portrait of American professor Donna Haraway, whose rebellious ecofeminism and texts on technology and biology have made her a cult figure. There’s a screening of Sandra Lahire’s anti-nuclear trilogy of films on Thursday 23rd, accompanied by a political activist poster exhibition by Penny Remfrey; and on Wednesday 29th May, explore conversations between women in mother and daughter relationships, as lovers, siblings and across queer representations of domestic space.


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