The Faculty of Arts Research Seminar Series, University of Winchester, and "Calling the Shots", University of Southampton, are pleased to co-host a screening of the award-winning 'pop-u-mentary', Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model (73 mins, 2016) followed by a roundtable discussion about women in the film industry featuring:
* Rebecca Brand, the producer and director of Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model
* Dr Shelley Cobb, Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton and Principal Investigator of Calling the Shots, an AHRC-funded four-year project researching and writing the contemporary history of women working in the UK film industry.
* Kate Kinninmont MBE, Chief Executive of Women in Film and Television UK, the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, part of an international network of over 14,000 women spanning the creative media industry.
* Professor Linda Ruth Williams, Professor of Film at the University of Southampton and Co-Investigator of Calling the Shots.
The evening will conclude with a drinks reception in the foyer of the Stripe Auditorium.
This event is free and open to everyone, but booking is essential.
About the film:
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is a feature-length ‘pop-u-mentary’ following award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings and her 10-year-old niece Taylor as they try to combat the hyper-sexualised and commercialised world of pop by creating their own alternative popstar role model for Tweens.*
As uplifting as it is irreverent, this is an inspirational film for anyone who cares about the impact of the media we consume.
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model was the recipient of the 2016 London Feminist Film Festival Audience Award.
*Tweens = 7 – 12 year-old girls.
About the speakers:
Rebecca Brand is a freelance documentary filmmaker based in London. She has directed and edited a number of short films which have screened at festivals across the UK and internationally. Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is her first feature-length documentary. Rebecca has a First Class BA Hons degree in Film and Television Studies from the University of East Anglia. She began her career in the industry working for the not-for-profit organisation Women in Film and Television (UK)
Dr Shelley Cobb is Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton and the Principal Investigator of Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary Film Culture in the UK, 2000-2015.
Shelley has had a long-standing interest in women's authorship across film and literature, and other media and art forms, in terms of both what women produce and the histories of women's authorship that are always marginalized in mainstream discourses and often lost altogether. Calling the Shots has been on her mind, in various forms, since the early days of her research degree when the low numbers of women working in the film industry did not receive the media attention they do today.
Recently she published her first monograph Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which considers the figure of the woman author onscreen, behind the screen, and in extra-textual media discourses of contemporary film adaptations directed by women. The book is a development of her PhD thesis that sought to re-think women's film authorship and film adaptation through the metaphor of conversation. She has also published articles on Jane Campion and the authorship of Bridget Jones's Diary, and writes more widely about the politics of gender in popular culture.
Her outputs from the grant will include a monograph on women's co-productions (funded by both the UK and at least one other nation) a special journal edition on contemporary women filmmakers, and the annual reports on the numbers of women working in the UK film industry; the latter two will be co-edited with Linda Williams and Natalie Wreyford. Shelley has given public talks and contributed to panels about women and film at the Insitute of Contemporary Arts, the British Film Institute, and the Underwire Festival.
In addition to her work on women and film, she also researches celebrity culture and is the co-editor (with Neil Ewen) of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship and Cultural Politics (2015). Her work has appeared in Genders online journal, Celebrity Studies, Social Semiotics, and several edited collections.
Kate Kinninmont MBE is the Chief Executive of Women in Film and Television (UK), the premier membership organisation for women in the creative media. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she is a member of BAFTA, Women in Journalism, Directors UK, and the Royal Television Society. Kate is also an Honorary Associate of The London Film School, and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2014 for services to the women in the television and film industry.
Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. Members of the organisation come from a broad range of professions spanning the entire creative media industry. The organisation hosts events throughout the year, presents a glamorous awards ceremony every December, and runs a mentoring programme for women in the industry. It also hosts networking evenings, collaborates with industry bodies on research and lobbies for women’s interests.
Prof Linda Ruth Williams is Professor of Film at the University of Southampton and Co-Investigator of Calling the Shots: Women and Contemporary Film Culture in the UK, 2000-2015.
Linda's research is most focused on contemporary British and American film; she has published widely on gender in cinema, sexuality and censorship, the relationship between film and contemporary art, and genre cinema. She is author of five books, including The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema(2005) and the forthcoming Steven Spielberg's Children, as well as co-editor of Contemporary American Cinema (2006). She is writing a monograph as part of the Calling the Shots project, with a working-title of Women directors in contemporary British cinema, which draws on the original interview material generated by the project and maps out the work of key female filmmakers working in Britain this century.
Linda is actively involved in exhibition and wider outreach events around contemporary film. Since 2007 she has co-curated Screenplay, the Shetland Film Festival, which takes place every September, and has forged as special relationship between this far-northern archipelago and Southampton. Connected with this she was also part of the team that mounted the nationwide touring film event (which was part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad), A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back, funded by the Olympic Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland. She was also one of the initiators of the New Forest Film Festival. In October-November 2004 she co-curated, with film critic Mark Kermode, a major History of the Horror Film at the National Film Theatre in London, and in 2014 she chaired the Short Film Jury at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Linda regularly writes articles and reviews for the BFI journal, Sight and Sound, and also has written for The Independent, The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. She contributes to TV and radio programmes on film issues when she can, having appeared on Newsnight Review in BBC2, and Woman’s Hour and The Film Programme, both on BBC Radio 4. She has an ongoing interest in ageing and cinema, particularly gender and women in US and UK cinema since 2000, and is planning a joint-authored book with Canadian scholar Murray Pomerance and an edited collection with US academic Lester Friedman.