Indecent Assaults in the Cinema

Content warning: This blogpost contains detailed discussions of indecent assaults in cinemas against both women and children across the twentieth century, which some readers may find distressing. A few months ago I blogged about ‘assaults in the cinema’ based on reports in Kinematograph Weekly and local newspaper reports I’d found on the British Newspapers Online … Continue reading Indecent Assaults in the Cinema

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