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Women, Freedom & Democracy Centenary Celebration Events 

We are delighted to have won a small grant from the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme to run an extraordinary day of events on International Women’s Day, 8th March.

These events will celebrate the first women getting the vote and in particular campaigns led by East End heroine, suffragette and revolutionary, Sylvia Pankhurst. We hope you will join us on the day.

Freedom Breakfast Reception & Presentation

10am at The Clapton Table Cafe & Bistro, 159 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 8EQ

Over 1000 women were imprisoned while fighting for votes for women. Many used hunger striking as a political tool and endured force feeding. Breakfast receptions were often held to celebrate their release from prison. Scrolls designed by Sylvia Pankhurst were presented to newly released suffragettes for their political courage. At this unique breakfast reception, contemporary heroines who, in the spirit of Sylvia, have campaigned for freedom and democracy, will be presented the suffrage scroll by spiked columnist and author Ella Whelan. Coffee and cakes will be served. To book your free ticket, please visit our Eventbrite webpage here.

Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible Gala Screening

2pm The Castle Cinema 64 – 66 Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DA

Released in 2011, WORLDwrite’s now acclaimed documentary, will screen for the first time in a cinema in Hackney. Aspiring young filmmakers worked with industry professionals to produce this in-depth epic which chronicles Sylvia Pankhurst’s inspiring life as a suffragette and revolutionary. The film is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son Richard before he passed away. This film screening is free to attend and school and college groups are most welcome. For group bookings please email us. There will be a drinks reception before the film and brief Q&A with Director Ceri Dingle afterwards. The trailer and reviews are available here. To book your free ticket, please visit our Eventbrite webpage here.

The Centenary Suffrage Tea Party

6.00pm -7.00pm The WORLDwrite Centre, 201 Millfields Road, London E5 0AL

Suffrage cakes, tea and chat with special guests. A chance to discuss and compare notes on democracy, media reporting and coverage of the centenary today, complete with delicious treats. To book your free ticket, please visit our Eventbrite webpage here.

Women: A Success Story

This year, we are making another big documentary to follow our acclaimed films on C.L.R. James, the Russian Revolution and Sylvia Pankhurst. Alongside our normal programme-making we’re putting everything we’ve got into making the documentary of the year on women. Based on the book by Joanna Williams, Women Versus Feminism: Why we all need liberating from the gender wars, we’re making a feature documentary entitled Women: A Success Story as a liberating tale for a new generation.

The book itself is an extraordinarily well-researched tale of feminism’s successes and limitations. Far from controversial, it provides the foundations for bringing men and women together to fight for a better world for us all. It does what so few books do, that is, provide an honest myth-busting history, a challenge to today’s victim culture and an inspiring vision for the future.

For the film, we’re planning interviews with all generations of women and their families. Interspersed with archive, interviews with experts and commentary by Joanna herself, we’ll head back through time to discover how far women have advanced and explore the breakthroughs. Our interviews will bring alive today’s great advances, wonder at the robustness of women and shine a light on the great life we have with men as our allies.  It will provide a real life contrast to women’s contemporary designation as victims in need of protection. It will raise new problems too, which require overcoming a fixation with gender to fix them.

In fact we’re very excited about this film, but we need your help to do it.

As for all our films, we’ll make this one with volunteers. No camera skills? No worries. We’ll provide the free camera training and put all your known and hidden talents to great use. And we don’t just need shooters, we need:

  • Funding champions & fundraisers from sky dives to cake sales;
  • Researchers for subjects, archive, images & music;
  • Social media minders & fearless promoters to put the film on the map;
  • Website wizards, graphic designers and administrators;
  • Would-be producers, photographers and make-up artists;
  • Your relatives, experts to interview and more.

For those of you interested in joining the project, there will be an open crew meeting at the WORLDwrite centre on Monday 5th March, 7.30pm. Scroll down for more information and we look forward to hearing from you.

NEW INTRODUCTORY MEETING: Wednesday 16th May, 7.30pm

Are you an aspiring filmmaker who wants to get that first programme made? Or are you just looking for something exciting and different this year? If so, WORLDbytes is providing a FREE part-time training package for young adults aged 16 to 25. No one is turned away, but to take part, you do need to complete a simple application form and attend an introductory evening at the WORLDwrite centre in Hackney on Wednesday 16th May at 7.30pm. Click here to apply.

WOMEN: A SUCCESS STORY OPEN CREW MEETING: Wednesday 23rd May, 7.30pm

Do you want to be part of this new documentary film project in any way? Then we need you here, to let us know who you know and what you’d like to do. An aunt who loved life and liberty in the sixties, a great grandmother who endured the war, a single mum today who’s making it, a mother with a mission or a teenager who scoffs at ludicrous consent classes, do you know them? We want lots of interviews and you to join the crew.  At this meeting we will also update you on the film’s progress, consider funding options, archive research plans, discuss subjects, presenters and crews. Email us if you can attend this meeting.

TRANSCRIBING: Thursday 31st May, 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm OR 7-10pm

We need volunteers to transcribe interviews for programmes we are currently shooting. This work will help you become familiar with film projects and help the post-production team to select the best interviews, to weave together. During these transcribing sessions, volunteers will simply write down all the audio in chronological order, complete with precise time codes to indicate exactly when each section begins and ends. Email us and we’ll put your time to great use.

FILMED WORKSHOP: THE WOMEN’S LIBRARY – LSE: Friday 1st June, 8.45am-11am

For our new documentary on women, we are filming major collections and exhibitions in London, to learn more about the story of women in the UK and the great political, economic and social changes of the past 100 years and to find good archive images and footage for our film. During this shoot, we will have volunteers on cameras and people to ask questions around a table of archive material with a Women’s Library archivist/speaker. We’ll email those confirmed with the agenda, suggested questions and camera roles. It should be an illuminating shoot, so email us to see if there are spaces.

CAMERA TRAINING: Saturday 2nd June, 10am-6pm

This is an intensive ‘hands on’ practical training day where volunteers learn the basics of camera-work, lighting and sound. Those with film experience will also need to attend to gain familiarity with WORLDbytes equipment. To take part, you need to submit a simple application form available here and attend an introductory evening. Existing volunteers, who wish to ‘brush up’ on camera skills, email us to see if there are spaces.

SHOOT: VIEWS ON THE STREETS ON THE COST OF LIVING IN LONDON & FEMINISM, Sunday 3rd June, 10-5pm

VOS: The cost of living in London

According to recent research by Loughborough University, over 40% of Londoners don’t have enough income for what the public regards as a “decent standard of living”. Ballooning rent costs, expensive childcare and high transport costs, are just a few of the reasons why 3.5million Londoners are barely  managing to get by. So how much do we need to earn to live in London?

VOS: Are you a feminist?

Despite most people believing in equality, many women are reluctant to call themselves a feminist. The Fawcett Society recently revealed that only nine per cent of women in the UK call themselves feminists. It explained away this stat by claiming that ‘we are a nation of hidden feminists’. ‘The simple truth is if you want a more equal society for women and men, then you are in fact a feminist’, the Fawcett Society concluded. Are we really a nation of hidden feminists as they suggest, or are feminists just struggling to win the hearts and minds of the majority of people?

For this shoot, volunteers will be divided into crews and hit the streets to ask the public on camera what they think of these topics. We need lots of camera volunteers, interviewers and producers to make up some great crews for the day. Email us to join the crew.

ADMINISTRATION VOLUNTEERS WEDNESDAYS 11AM ONWARDS

There is always a voluminous amount of administrative work to be done at our centre, from promotion to research. If you are able to volunteer on any Tuesday or Wednesday please contact us and we’ll rope you in to great effect. We provide references for all volunteers who put the time in to help out. Please email Marisa Pereira if you are available.

Work Experience, placements and internships

As well as our regular volunteer-learner packages, we are delighted to now offer bespoke opportunities to would be interns, students seeking work experience or work placements. You will need to complete our online application here and email us explaining your interest and needs. Opportunities are filling up fast for this summer and even for the autumn, so do get in touch fast, if this interests you.

ON CALL CREWS FOR SHOOTS: WE REGULARLY NEED SHOOTERS & AUDIENCES FOR PROGRAMMES AT SHORT NOTICE

If you would like to join our on-call crew please email Marisa Pereira.

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