Feminism on Film: LOUDER NOW!

LOUDER NOW! is a monthly screening of free films of a feminist nature at The Star and Shadow Cinema, presented by The Gender Research Group at Newcastle University. The aim is that these films enlighten, provoke and spark discussion, build networks, and perhaps inspire action around feminism. Each film showcases a different aspect of feminist thought and politics and is introduced by a specialist who encourages post-film discussion. LOUDER NOW! promotes an open atmosphere where every opinion, thought and feeling is respected.

LOUDER NOW! is brought to the Star and Shadow with support from The GenderGRGLouderNow Research Group at Newcastle University.
Listen to Shameless magazine’s podcast on the LOUDER NOW! series, curated by Rebecca Knight.

Events List

Film Series Launch Event: LOUDER NOW! Feminism on Film
Wednesday 29 February 2012, 7pm, Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Presented in association with the Star and Shadow Cinema, curated by Rebecca Knight.

‘Eat the Kimono’
Thursday 24 May 2012, 7pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
Eat the Kimono is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defying her conservative culture’s contempt for independence and unconventionality.

Guest Speaker: Dr Nobuko Anan (Northumbria University). Dr Anan’s main research interests are modern and contemporary Japanese theatre/performance and visual arts, and the way that they intersect with nationhood and gender/sexuality in transnational contexts. LOUDER NOW! is a monthly night of film screenings and discussions of a feminist nature and is brought to the Star and Shadow with support from The Gender Research Group at Newcastle University.

Thursday 28 June 2012, 7.30pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
Rainer’s 6th feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been denied on film by virtually everybody, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class.

Guest speakers: Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University) and Dr Cate DegnenLouder Now 2 (Newcastle University). Dr White’s research interests focus on the representation of active female protagonists in popular culture. Dr Degnen researches experiences of ageing and of social change; the ageing self, narrativity and temporality.

‘Blind Spot’
Thursday 04 October 2012, 7.30pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
Claudia von Alemann’s feature-length film, BLIND SPOT, is about an historian who is researching the life of Flora Tristan, a 19th century socialist and feminist rarely mentioned in conventional history books.

Guest Speaker: Professor Maire Cross (Newcastle University). Professor Cross is the leading scholar of Flora Tristan studies.  With the first annotated translation of Tristan’s journal and the first book ever published on her correspondence, she has published and presented papers in French History and in Gender Studies in a wide international community.

‘Greenham Granny’
Thursday 01 November 2012, 7.30pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
In 1929 Nell Logan took part in a youth peace conference in Moscow. More than 50 years later she was among the women fighting against Cruise missiles at Greenham Common. GREENHAM GRANNY is a film portrait of Nell Logan, which shows her Greenham activities in the context of a life-long struggle by interweaving scenes from Nell’s life in the mid 80s with archive material reflecting her past and half a century of history. 

Guest Speaker: Professor Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck University).  Professor Roseneil has carried out research on the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and on its feminist and queer politics, which was published as Disarming Patriarchy: Feminism and Political Action at Greenham (Open University Press, 1995) and Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminisms of Greenham (Cassell/ Continuum, 2000).  She also has met and interviewed Nell Logan.

‘A Litany For Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde’GRGFeminismOnFilm
Thursday 06 December 2012, 7pm, Star and Shadow Cinema
An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings – spanning five decades – articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century.