Continuing our Celebration of Women's fight for Suffrage
with a locally inspired Festival Short Film
Following our research and production of our suffrage film: 'Deeds Not Words', we wanted to delve further into how our female ancestors proved their tenacity and capabilities to their male counterparts.
One of the ways was through the Women's Land Army (WLA), or more affectionately, the Land Girls. Before 1914, the role of women was typically confined to homemaking and raising children, however during the first world war, 23,000 women took on what had stereotypically been men's roles in their absence, to 'keep the home fires burning'. After the war, it was disbanded, however in June 1939, it reformed with a focus on land cultivation and growing crops at home. Previously much food had been imported and this could not be relied upon during the subsequent years at war.
At its peak in 1944, there were over 80,000 women and girls in the WLA. They were expected to toil in all weather conditions and could be sent anywhere in the country to work.
There were strict guidelines on uniform, and women could find themselves working on dairy farms, as rat catchers and there was also a special branch called the Timber Corps where wood was sourced and prepared for telegraph poles.
The Land Girls also worked alongside prisoners of war, often Italian soldiers: by 1943, over 40,000 had been captured.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, despite often working over 50 hours a week, members of the WLA were never paid the same wages as men.
We are looking for local stories of women you might have known of who were Land Girls.
Please get in touch with your tales and photos - and it could form part of our narrative!
RESEARCH & SCRIPT - local research and community input, with script drafts
PREPARATION - cast auditions, art department and logistics planning
SHOOT - one day pre-light and four days of filming
EDIT - sound, music and visual edit
PREMIERE - invitation evening with film and documentary screening
EXHIBITION - international film-festival applications and online release
- JUN 2019
JUN - AUG
OCT - DEC
JAN 2020 -
We welcome all local involvement, whether in-front of and behind the camera, or if you are able to support our film project with valuable in-kind resources.
If you would like to get involved, then please get in touch and register your interest.
Sponsoring our film projects offer a fun and rewarding marketing vehicle to positively brand-build locally and network to develop new business opportunities.
Your support would also drive further positive regional PR by demonstrating commitment to your local community.
This unique opportunity will only be open to four sponsors, each from a different industry sector so there is no conflict of interest between sponsors.
A RAFT OF BENEFICIAL OUTCOMES
Press releases generating local media coverage, including online and printed news articles, as well as social-media postings
A web-page featuring your logos and links to your website
Opening logos and credits as an Executive Sponsor in the film
A master copy of the film to upload to your own website
And a page on your own website featuring the project, able to be used as a marketing-tool to inform and pitch to existing /new clients