The Naked Dances and Bisexual Affairs

About the Author Annabel Fielding has studied Media, Communications and Cultural Studies in Newcastle University, and later got her Master’s in Public Relations in the UAL in London. However, as a lifelong history aficionado, she spent most of her time there admiring local landmarks. Since then, she has published a queer historical novel A Pearl … Continue reading The Naked Dances and Bisexual Affairs

#HeForShe – Women at the cinema in 1950s Britain

by Sam Manning The 1950s was a period of decline for cinema as UK admissions fell from 1.4 billion in 1950 to under 500 million by the start of the 1960s. Cinemas were still important social spaces, but greater television ownership, improved housing conditions and new forms of youth culture are just some of the … Continue reading #HeForShe – Women at the cinema in 1950s Britain

Remembering Two Gainsborough Girls: Patricia Roc and Phyllis Calvert.

by Linda Pike This blog is to commemorate two female stalwarts of British wartime cinema who have largely been forgotten. Between 1943-1946 Gainsborough Pictures adapted their film production of comedies starring Will Hay, Arthur Askey and George Formby to take advantage of the social and cultural shifts which saw women’s financial responsibility, independence and sexual … Continue reading Remembering Two Gainsborough Girls: Patricia Roc and Phyllis Calvert.

Women Projectionists in Wartime Cinema

by Linda Pike I am grateful for this opportunity to write for Herstory Club as part of their Film and TV blog to acknowledge the work made by those women who were often ‘hidden from history’, female film projectionists. ‘Going to the pictures’ was Britain’s most popular leisure activity during the Second World War, with … Continue reading Women Projectionists in Wartime Cinema

‘I am just an ordinary woman’ The Odette Legend

by Ashleigh Percival-Borley Odette was released in 1950. Directed and produced by Herbert Wilcox & Anna Neagle, distributed by British Lion Films I was a twenty-two-year-old combat medic, conducting pre-deployment training before being sent to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK. The day's training had come to an end, so I returned to my accommodation to change … Continue reading ‘I am just an ordinary woman’ The Odette Legend

Pocahontas: The Imperialist Truth Hidden Behind the Disney Film

by Olivia Smith Pocahontas has always been my favourite Disney film. To me she wasn’t illustrated like the other ‘Princesses’ - she was strong minded and adventurous. Characteristics that even as an adult I still resonate with. It was in the first lockdown that I listened to Greg Jenner’s Homeschool History episode on Pocahontas. He … Continue reading Pocahontas: The Imperialist Truth Hidden Behind the Disney Film

Mabel Normand: The Queen of Comedy

by Maria Ogborn Silent film actress Mabel Normand was a woman of many firsts. The first woman to own her own studio and have her name in a film’s title; the first person to throw a custard-pie on screen; and  one of the first Hollywood stars to not have a theatre or vaudeville background. In … Continue reading Mabel Normand: The Queen of Comedy