BFI to release Early Women Filmmakers 1911-1940 on a four Blu-ray set
The BFI have announced that they're to release Early Women Filmmakers 1911-1940 onto Blu-ray on 24th July. The four disc set will focus on the women who made an indelible contribution to film in its formative years - in fact, more women worked in film during its first two decades that any any time since.
International in scope, this groundbreaking collection features more than 10 hours of material, comprised of 22 films made between 1911 and 1940, including rare titles not widely available until now. For the first time in the UK, this release brings together the work of Mabel Normand, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Davenport, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaya, Mary-Louise Iribe, Dorothy Arzner and Mary Ellen Bute – women who were technically and stylistically innovative, and who pushed the boundaries of narrative, aesthetics and genre.
Early Women Filmmakers 1911-1940 will also feature three short documentaries, exclusive scores on selected films and a 44 page booklet.
- Presented in High Definition
- Alice Guy-Blaché: a documentary (2018, 8 mins): film historians Alison McMahan, Shelley Stamp, Jane M Gaines and Anthony Slide reflect upon the life and work of Alice Guy-Blaché
- Lois Weber: a documentary (2018, 9 mins): film historians Shelley Stamp and Anthony Slide reflect upon the life and work of Lois Weber
- Mabel Normand: a documentary (2018, 8 mins): film historians Shelley Stamp, Rob Stone and Karen Ward Mahar reflect upon the life and work of Mabel Normand
- Newly recorded scores for Mabel’s Dramatic Career, Mabel’s Blunder, His Trysting Place and Should Men Walk Home? by The Meg Morley Trio
- Newly commissioned alternative score to Should Men Walk Home? by Mordecai Smyth
- Stills gallery
- 44-page illustrated booklet with essays and notes on the filmmakers: Alice Guy-Blaché by Pamela Hutchinson, Lois Weber by Isabel Stevens, Mabel Normand by Vicki Callahan, Dorothy Davenport by Ellen Cheshire, Germaine Dulac by Jane Giles, Olga Preobrazhenskaya by Kat Ellinger, Marie-Louise Iribe by Virginie Sélavy, Dorothy Arzner by So Mayer and Mary Ellen Bute by Elinor Cleghorn. (*Booklet available with first pressing only).