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It now emerges that more women were working at every level in the first 20 years of the film industry in the USA than at any point since. Early pioneers, such as Alice Guy Blaché, directed hundreds of films, invented techniques, ran businesses and set up distribution but with the rise of the male-dominated studio system, their significant contribution to the dawn of the movies has long been forgotten.

With chapters on the writers, directors, producers, stars, film editors, designers and camera women of the silent era this book acknowledges and celebrates the many talented women who were significantly involved in the rise of the industry and explains why the coming of the talkies and big business led to the inequality which exists today.

Melody Bridges studied English and Drama at Cambridge University and has written, acted and directed for theatre before working in TV where she developed, wrote, produced and directed two television series. In addition to contributing to Celluloid Ceiling, she writes a weekly page for a newspaper, and is artistic director of Worthing’s WOW Festival. In 2014, she was a Finalist as Influential Woman of the Year at the NatWest Venus Awards. She has recently given a TEDx talk.

Cheryl Robson is a producer/director of several short independent films, most recently Rock n Roll Island. She worked at the BBC for several years and then taught filmmaking at the University of Westminster, before setting up a theatre company. She also created a publishing company where she has edited over fifty books and published over 150 international writers. As a writer, she has won the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition and as an editor, she worked with Gabrielle Kelly to publish Celluloid Ceiling: women film directors breaking through, the first global overview of women film directors. She also received a Special Jury Prize for Peace with author Robin Soans, for The Arab-Israeli Cookbook.

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Melody Bridges studied English and Drama at Cambridge University and has written, acted and directed for theatre before working in TV where she developed, wrote, produced and directed two television series. In addition to contributing to Celluloid Ceiling, she writes a weekly page for a newspaper, and is artistic director of Worthing’s WOW Festival. In 2014, she was a Finalist as Influential Woman of the Year at the NatWest Venus Awards. She has recently given a TEDx talk.

Cheryl Robson is a producer/director of several short independent films, most recently Rock n Roll Island. She worked at the BBC for several years and then taught filmmaking at the University of Westminster, before setting up a theatre company. She also created a publishing company where she has edited over fifty books and published over 150 international writers. As a writer, she has won the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition and as an editor, she worked with Gabrielle Kelly to publish Celluloid Ceiling: women film directos breaking through, the first global overview of women film directors. She also received a Special Jury Prize for Peace with author Robin Soans, for The Arab-Israeli Cookbook.
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'Inspirational and informative, Silent Women will challenge many people's ideas about the beginnings of film history. This fascinating book roams widely across the era and the diverse achievements and voices of women in the film industry. These are the stories of pioneers, trailblazers and collaborators - hugely enjoyable to read and vitally important to publish.' - Pamela Hutchinson, Silent London; 'A timely and urgently needed collection of essays by a definitive group of scholars on the subject, Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema utilizes the time-honored feminist concept of the silence and voicelessness at the heart of female oppression as its central motivation. The essays in this collection demonstrate how the film industry kept women from certain opportunities in the early years, but also provided them a particular agency to make their marks outside more traditional boundaries. A must-read!' - Lisa Stein Haven, author of Syd Chaplin: A Biography (2010) and editor of Charlie Chaplin's A Comedian Sees the World (2014);'This book confirms what an exciting time it is for women's cinema history. Every chapter opens tantalising new windows into the fascinating but forgotten or overlooked lives and careers of women working in the early film industry. Every page begs the question - how on earth did these amazing women vanish from history in the first place? I defy anyone interested in cinema history not to find this valuable compendium a mustread. It's also a 'call to arms' for more research into women's contribution and an affirmation of just how rewarding the detective work can be.' - Laraine Porter, Senior Lecturer in Film, De Montfort University and Co-Artistic Director of British Silent Film Festival;'This book shows how women's voices were heard and helped create the golden age of silent cinema, how those voices were almost eradicated by the male-dominated film industry, and perhaps points the way to an all-inclusive future for global cinema.' - Paul Duncan, Film Historian;'In a climate in which the equality that exists within film has become an increasingly visible focus of debate, Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema offers a timely reminder of the historical contribution women have made to the medium. An authoritative and illuminating work, it also lends a pervasive voice to the argument that discrimination and not talent is the barrier to so few women occupying the most prominent roles within the industry.' - Jason Wood, Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Author and Visiting Professor at MMU;'A long overdue compendium of insightful essays highlighting the oftforgotten women and the vital roles they played in both the birth of cinema and it's evolution. I was amazed to discover just how crucially they were involved from not just in front of the camera but in producing, directing, editing and much, much more. An essential read.' - Neil McGlone, The Criterion Collection;'...honors the women in cinema who actively paved the way for future women in this industry, and brought attention to the issue of gender bias in media, a problem we are still fighting today.' - Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media;'...an inspiring and refreshing set of well-written essays on a subject often forgotten, discussing the fabulous variety of women in film over the years. A must for any fan of cinema/film, or anyone that has an interest in women's history.' - Hayley Foster da Silva, The F Word;'...a lively collection, opening up an increasingly vibrant field which promises to raise a diversity of questions for viewers, makers and teachers of film about women's role world-wide in the emergence of cinema.' - Professor Christine Gledhill, University of Sunderland;'This book is inspirational reading for any woman who dreams to express her vision through film in any direction this industry takes us. Only by understanding our past can we embrace our greatest future.' Gayle Nachlis, Senior Director of Education Women In Film Los Angeles;'What is perhaps most compelling about Silent Women is its documentation of the sheer graft and willpower behind these women's work... it does that most noble task of telling stories that need to be told.' TLS

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  • PublisherSupernova Books
  • Publication date2016
  • ISBN 10 0956632998
  • ISBN 13 9780956632999
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages272
  • EditorBridges Melody
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