Kitty Mahone at the British Silent Film Festival 2019

    Kitty Mahone There were lots of brilliant films to be seen at the British Silent Film Festival last week of course. But my favourite one was Lil Hawthorne singing Kitty Mahone, filmed on the roof of the London Hippodrome in 1901. Bryony Dixon showed it as part of her ‘ABC in Sound’ presentation … Continue reading Kitty Mahone at the British Silent Film Festival 2019

Kitty the Telephone Girl (and other working women in early cinema

Here's the text of a talk I gave at the fabulous Bo'ness Hippodrome Silent Film Festival ('Hipfest') which happens every year. It's a great few days of celebrating silent films in Scotland and across the world. Highly recommeded! Here's their website  I was asked to select and introduce some clips from films held in the … Continue reading Kitty the Telephone Girl (and other working women in early cinema

Medfest

I spoke at Medfest this week - a celebration of the work of Andy Medhurst on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Sussex. It was a lovely event, where many friends, colleagues and students of Andy's paid tribute to his important contribution to the fields of Film, Media and Cultural studies. In … Continue reading Medfest

Phantom Rides in the Gymnasium

  January is such a ball-ache. I put on half a stone over Christmas. That's on top of the three stone I’ve already acquired since I gave up smoking. This January was the moment to try and tackle that with three self-imposed rules: 1) no booze, 2) no refined sugar, 3) no restaurants. My fourth … Continue reading Phantom Rides in the Gymnasium

British Life on Film: History and the Film Archives

I love the BFI's BRITAIN ON FILM website and all the fab material held in the regional archives which it showcases. So much so that I've organised a little symposium about it, which invites folk who have discovered films there and gone on to do research on the films themselves or the events/people/organisations they depict, … Continue reading British Life on Film: History and the Film Archives