Women’s Histories at An Lanntair – Film Double Bill

Sat 25th May

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In partnership with the BFI and Film Hub Scotland An Lanntair present an evening of films celebrating Women’s cinema.

An Lanntair’s cinema team have selected two films that celebrate female British film makers, including Muriel Box Britain’s most prolific female director. Come along and join in some conversation on the under-representation of women in the film industry at large.

Before the first film at 5pm we will be screening a series of ‘vintage adverts’ from the 1950s featuring or aimed at women to demonstrate the changing representation of women on the screen.

The Happy Family – 5pm
Dir. Muriel Box | 1952 | 82mins | U

A light and witty satire about gentrification, class and culture from the most prolific female director in British cinema history.

The Lords, a working class family led by parents Henry (Stanley Holloway) and Lilian (Kathleen Harrison), own and operate “The House of Lords,” a grandly titled grocers on London’s South Bank. When preparations for the 1951 Festival of Britain threaten the Lord’s home and business with demolition, the plucky family refuse to move aside for the event and find themselves at war with the government as they attempt to protect their own small patch of the country.

Orlando – 8pm
Dir. Sally Potter | 1992 | 93mins | PG

Sumptuous, singular and gloriously queer, Sally Potter’s seminal adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel about a timetravelling, gender-switching aristocrat is a landmark work in the history of British feminist cinema. Orlando (Tilda Swinton) is bequeathed a handsome inheritance by a dying Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp, in a delicious cameo) – but only on the unusual condition that the aristocrat retains their vibrance and refuses to age. This begins a journey through centuries of Britain’s political and cultural history as the androgynous noble navigates patriarchal property laws, romantic entanglements and creative frustrations.

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories.