Breaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in British Film & Television–organised by the Women’s Film & Television History Network — is due to take place at BFI Southbank, NFT 3 on Saturday 18 June, 9.45–5.00pm, to be followed by a reception and Screening of women’s films featuring their work as sound recordists, composers and designers.
BFI Southbank Saturday 18 June 2016
09.45 – 10.10 Registration
10.15 – 10.30 Welcome and Introduction
10.30 – 11.15 The Transition to Sound
Laraine Porter (De Montfort University): Women Filmmakers and the Transition to Sound in the British Film Industry.
11.15 – 12.00 Women in Sound Film and Television
Melanie Bell (University of Leeds): From Foley Artists to Boom Operators: Women and Sound in British Film
12.00 – 12.10 Comfort Break
12.10 – 1.00 Compilation of Film-Sound Work by Women
1.00 – 2.15 Lunch Break at local cafes or bring your own to BFI’s Blue Room
2.15 – 3.00 Women Composing for the Screen
Emma Sandon (University of London, Birkbeck): Elisabeth Lutyens: from Gold Coast Film Unit to Hammer Horror
David Butler (Manchester University) Inventing for Radio, Film, Television and Beyond: The Music of Delia Derbyshire
3.00 – 3.50 The Woman’s Voice
Terry Wragg (Leeds Animation Workshop): How We Learnt to Do Sound for Ourselves
Judi Lee-Headman (Sound Recordist): Recording Sound
Adele Fletcher (Freelance sound & dialogue editor: University of Hertfordshire & Association of Motion Picture Sound) Exploring the Film Industry Through the Ears of a Woman.
3.50 – 4.00 Comfort Break
4.00 – 5.00 Shout Out: Round Table exploring with experts and our audience research questions and resources for writing women’s film sound practice into film history
Chaired by Bryony Dixon (NFTVA): With Emma Smart (BFI Library Manager), Karen Houlihan (former BBC sound editor & senior screen sound tutor, National Film School) Catherine Grant (University of Sussex/Film Studies for Free/Audiovisualcy); Philippa Lovatt (Stirling University & New Soundtrack journal)
5.00 – 6.00 Reception Sponsored by the Association of Motion Picture Sound
Event supported by MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network and University of Sunderland.
Followed by evening NFT 3 programme featuring women’s work on sound film–6.15-8.15
Single Event or Evening Screening (10.65/8.35) or Joint tickets (16.00/12.00) available from BFI box office
BFI Southbank: NFT 3 6.15–8.15 Public Screening Breaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in Film and Television
The Tiger’s Mind
UK 2012. Dir/Sound Design Beatrice Gilman. 23 min.
To Be A Woman
UK 1951. Dir/Writer Jill Craigie. Music Elisabeth Lutyens. With Wendy Hiller, Julian Somers (narrators), Dana Wynter (woman of today). 18min.
Often During the Day
UK 1979. Dir Joanna Davis. Four Corners. 16 mins
UK 1979. Dir/Sound Recordist Sally Potter. Music Lindsay Cooper. With Colette Laffont, Rose English, Tony Gacon, Vincent Meehan. 45min.
These short films have been chosen by the Women’s Film & Television History Network to explore different aspects of women’s contribution as both technicians and creators to the sound-image relationship in film and will be introduced by Angela Martin