Be Natural: the Untold Story of Alice Guy BlachePG

Directed by Pamela Green | USA | 2018 | 1h 43m | Starring Jodie Foster, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, Julie Delpy, Geena Davis

A fascinating look at the life of French director and pioneer of cinema Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968), credited with being the first woman filmmaker. Largely ignored or forgotten by history until now, this documentary shines a spotlight on her story as a visionary artist and entrepreneur, and how she has unfairly faded from memory.

One-off screening followed by a panel discussion with the organisers of The Oxford International Women’s Festival.

‘Cineastes, film nerds and feminists alike will be gripped by this documentary portrait of Alice Guy-Blaché. Who? That’s the point.’
Kevin Maher, The Times

‘The ingrained sexism it highlights could form the basis of several sequels.’
Anna Smith, Time Out

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We showed Be Natural: the Untold Story of Alice Guy Blache between March 8, 2022 and March 9, 2022.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday 28th March)


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