As we mark the centenary of the Suffragettes’ landmark victory on the road towards female equality, The Bath Festival and FilmBath have joined forces to programme an entire day of F-Rated events that celebrate women’s extraordinary achievements and ask: where do we go next?
F-Rated is a classification created by FilmBath that amplifies women’s voices and this has been used by IMDb since 2017.
*Special Offer* Enjoy the whole day of F-Rated events for £70 / £50 under 25s (excl. workshop and film screening). Add all 8 F-Rated day events to your basket to receive the discount or click the Book Tickets link above.
Our day of celebration and empowerment kicks off with a whistle-stop tour of feminist thought and history courtesy of the incomparable double act Shirley & Shirley, creators of characters who, in the words of Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists, Britannia), “make you think I wish I’d thought of that”.
Herstory is a participatory project that straddles art, activism and education and uses feminist art to engage people of all genders with the women’s history that has been systemically left out. Join founder Alice Wroe to learn about the project and explore why practicing women’s history is urgent, political and empowering for all of us.
For centuries, the answer has been men: and white, middle-class, heterosexual men to boot. But as that starts to change, our eminent panel asks how women can make their voices heard and bring about change – for everyone – from the Houses of Parliament to the grass roots. Guests include MPs Rachel Reeves, Jess Phillips, Thangam Debonnaire and Jo Swinson; chaired by Melissa Benn.
Who were the women who put everything on the line to lead the charge for female suffrage? Join bestselling authors Diane Atkinson (Rise Up, Women!), Tessa Dunlop (The Century Girls), Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and author of Deeds Not Words, and writer and performer Naomi Paxton (The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays) to find out more about these trail-blazing campaigners.
The accusations against Harvey Weinstein, followed by the #MeToo movement, exposed the systemic sexism and abuse that have always been rife in the film industry. Our panel includes Phillippa Lowthorpe (director of Three Girls, The Crown, Swallows & Amazons etc), Jennifer Smith (Head of Diversity at the BFI), Ken Loach (work permitting) Anna Higgs (producer/creative executive working at the intersection of film and digital) and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor (award winning producer), chaired by writer, director and actor Kate Hardie, who will explore how this moment can be harnessed to ensure we see and hear women’s stories on screen.
Prize-winning author Kamila Shamsie called for a year of publishing women; academic and writer Lara Feigel devoted herself to the study of Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing; and novelist Heidi Sopinka created a work of art based on the life and times of surrealist Leonora Carrington. Together they discuss how female artists find a space to create, and the obstacles they have to face.
A rip-roaring evening of award-winning comedy featuring Thanyia Moore, winner of the 2017 Funny Women Awards, Funny Women Awards Finalists Amy Mason, Sal Drummond and Louise Leigh hosted by the deliciously eclectic Ada Campe, voted Top of the Bill at the 2018 NATYS.
One of the most searing contributions to the #MeToo debate was Salma Hayek’s account of her attempts to make the film Frida, with Harvey Weinstein literally breathing down her neck. In tribute to Hayek’s perseverance behind this passion project as well as the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, we present a very special screening of this wonderful film at the Little Theatre Cinema.