This month’s Yellow Wednesday will be celebrating International Women’s Day and will feature the work of Holly Tarquini and F-Rating. Holly suggested 3 films that were put to an open poll on twitter, and between Adult Life Skills, Girlhood and A United Kingdom Girlhood came out on top. This will now be the film choice for this special event, after which we will hear from Holly about her work with Bath Film Festival and F-Rating.
A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.
Girlhood (French: Bande de filles, Gang of Girls) is a 2014 French drama film directed by Céline Sciamma, starring Karidja Touré. It is a coming of age film that focuses on the life of Marieme (Karidja Touré), a girl who lives in a rough neighborhood right outside of Paris. The film discusses and challenges conceptions of race, gender and class; Sciamma’s goal was to capture the stories of black teenagers, characters that are generally underdeveloped in French films.
Running time: 1 hr 53mins
Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh
French | 2014 | Subtitled
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Please note, this Yellow Wednesday will start at an earlier time than usual, and will begin at 6pm.
Who is Holly Tarquini?
Holly Tarquini began a career in television in a box room, sorting and cataloguing hundreds of hours of archive footage. Happily this didn’t last long and she went on to direct and produce documentaries and factual entertainment programmes for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel. After a sojourn in India, setting up and running a guest-house for yoga students, she moved to the West Country.
The multi-tasking skills learned in broadcast media combined with haggling and negotiation talents honed in India proved a winning combination for running a film festival and she has spent the last 6 years increasing the profile of Bath Film Festival and helping to achieve the organisation’s aim of becoming an ‘outstanding film festival’.
In 2014, Holly founded the F-Rating, a new feminist film rating highlighting films made by and featuring women which is now rolling out across the UK.
Any film that answers ‘yes’ to one of these questions is awarded the F-Rating stamp of approval.
- Does it have a female director?
- Is it written by a woman?
- Are there significant female characters on screen in their own right?
The F-Rating exists to shine a light on the amazing work that women are doing in film. By championing their films, we can encourage cinemas and film festivals to screen them, critics to review them, inspire audiences to watch them and ultimately influence studios to fund more female film-makers.
Following it’s launch, the F-Rating attracted international media attention. Support was widespread, including the BBC, The Telegraph, Entertainment Weekly, The Independent, Elle, and Marie Claire. Social media ignited global exposure and support for the F-Rating and gained us a diverse and passionate following. This year Holly has been invited to address audiences at the BFI, Women of the World Festival, Pure Movies, Genesis Cinema, and Cinemagic Festival as well as at Universities and schools.
In 2015, momentum continued to build with many film festivals and cinemas choosing to use the F-Rating at their events to sit alongside a film’s usual age classification. The UK’s media continued to cover the rating, building pressure on the UK film industry to address the issue. With A-list advocates such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep speaking out about inequality, the conversation about women in film is now more relevant and important than ever.
Watch Holly’s TEDxYouth@Bath talk here:
You may also be interested to know about PMT (Powering the Matriarchy Together) – a one day festival (on Saturday 11th March, 10am – 4pm) organised by Impact Hub Members celebrating International Women’s Day.
The idea behind P.M.T: as International Women’s Day approaches, was for Birmingham to have its own women’s festival. As the second city some of Impact Hub Birmingham’s members felt it was time to organise an event to provide a platform to engage with all things related to identifying as female in this city. The idea was to see how Hub members could work together to create a space to build confidence, share dreams and create our own visions of femininity. They wanted to progress beyond the simple terms of man and woman, because we are so much more than that. To find out more visit: pmtfestival.eventbrite.com
Yellow Wednesdays at Impact Hub Birmingham
As the golden sunlight from a warm Brummie sunset glistens through the windows of Impact Hub Birmingham, members and guests alike close the lids of laptops and breathe a sigh of relief as another day of world changing activities comes to a close. Meanwhile, a laptop lid is opened, coffee is poured and seats are dragged into a seating arrangement fit for the kings, queens and all those in between, ready to consume another evening of spectacular film programming.
Yellow Wednesdays brings a mix of cinema, from the submissions of local Brummie individuals and companies, through to the more Cannes film festival less Odeon multiplex, captivating stories from all other the world. We aim to bring a rich and diverse programme of films to fill your year, and you can catch it all at Impact Hub Birmingham, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.Back to all Events