June 7, 2020

Well the good news is that each year it is getting easier to find films directed by women, on the down side they still only represent a small percentage of the films I watch.

Read blogs for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.

This group of 52 spanning 101 years from 1919...

April 16, 2020

131 years ago today, Charlie Chaplin was a born in South London.

7 years ago, I was invited to research and write three chapters for Taschen’s The Charlie Chaplin Archives. The three chapters I wrote covering Chaplin’s childhood, theatre career, his move to Hollywood an...

June 10, 2019

Last night, or was it early morning I set my alarm for 0230 in order to do a radio interview with Paul Ross on his Late Late Early Early Show on TalkRADIO about women filmmakers who were working in the film industry from the birth of cinema in 1895 until the 1930s....

January 16, 2019

In 1919 a film version of the hit stage show Lads of the Village lurched into cinemas.  The show had been touring the UK for two years at this point, and would continue to tour for at least another four.  But the film is mired in controversy.

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November 22, 2018

Back in May 2013 I started working on Taschen's The Charlie Chaplin Archives edited by Paul Duncan.  This was an amazing project for which I had to trace Chaplin's life from birth through to 1915/16 for the first three chapters of the book which covered his early life/...

February 27, 2016

This month (February 2016) saw the publication of Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema by Supernova Books. I was thrilled to discover that the woman chosen for the cover was Margery Ordway, who I wrote about in my chapter on cinematogrpahers.  Here's a short extract about...

May 14, 2015

Last year I invested (via kickstarter) in London Symphony, a brand New Silent Film about the Culture and Diversity of London.  The director/editor Alex Barrett referenced some of my favourite films as his influences inlcuding Man With a Movie Camera (1929) and Night Ma...

May 4, 2015


Recently I've been working on a chapter for Aurora Metro's forthcoming Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema (exploring women’s contribution behind the camera in these early days of cinema.  The focus of my research was female cinematographers, and was astonished by the mi...

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