Since December 2012, Eylem Atakav and I have run a blogsite focussing on women filmmakers called Auteuse Theory (auteusetheory.blogspot.co.uk). In a spirit of feminist subversion, we wanted to occupy and feminise a word – auteur – which still sits at the heart of so much film scholarship and appreciation. The blog’s original purpose was, and still remains, to create a space to discuss a range of film (understanding that term in its broadest sense) made by women, from silent re-discoveries to the latest releases, from activist documentaries to mainstream Hollywood features, taking in examples from across the globe, whether famous or obscure; to explore the diversity of forms taken by women’s filmmaking across different nations and eras.
Posts from UEA staff or alumni over the last year have included Tim Snelson on influential 40s producer Joan Harrison, Despoina Mantziari on Ida Lupino’s rape-revenge drama Outrage, two very different perspectives on women’s work in animation from Su Holmes and Nina Mickwitz, as well of incisive reviews of controversial recent releases Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood/Bande de Filles (by Despoina Mantziari) and Sam Taylor-Johnson and Kelly Marcel’s adaptation of E. L. James’ bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey (by Richard McCulloch).
With a substantial archive of material already built up on the blogs, over 30,000 page views to date, and more posts to come, the age of the auteuse is surely upon us.
By Melanie Williams Melanie.firstname.lastname@example.org @BritFilmMelanie