SUPERWOMEN, NEW WOMEN'S DIRECTED & PRESENTED SHOW RELEASED
Super Women is a new platform from BBC music broadcaster Georgie Rogers and documentary film director Alice Smith. The duo joined forces with a crew of aspiring female filmmakers to create real opportunities for women in the industry and address gender imbalance behind the camera.
From Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to motorcycle around the world in the 1980s (at the age of 23), to an award-winning record producer Catherine Marks, tech pioneer and Code First Girls CEO Amali De Alwis MBE and Labour MP Dianne Abbott, the films in Series One highlight what it took for women to blaze the trail across business, music, motorsports, politics, tech and culture to realise their dreams in the most extraordinary ways.
Super Women movement founders Georgie and Alice both had to break through in the male-dominated film and music radio industries. Revelations from the Golden Globes this year showed that the percentage of female directors dropped from 11% to 8%. With female influence and perspective from production through to film-making lacking these numbers are a stark reminder that the only way to redress the imbalance behind the camera is by nurturing new talent.
Super Women provided mentoring to five female camera crew and opportunities to three female editors across the shooting of eight films in the debut series.
Georgie Rogers said: “The fact is that the film, music and radio industries are starting to call themselves out for failing on diversity and gender parity so it is great that rhetoric is changing but the reality is progress isn’t fast enough. We are passionate about the power of positive female story-telling and its universal audience.”
Alice Smith said: "Working in the TV/Film industry for the last decade I know firsthand that women are consistently pigeon-holed into producer or logistic roles. We are massively underrepresented as directors and in more technical roles like camera operating or post-production. Georgie and I wanted to make content that appealed to our interests whilst creating an encouraging and supportive environment where women could learn practical and technical storytelling skills. So far we've worked with 8 female filmmakers - some at the very start of their career and others looking to expand their skills. Watching these women blossom and growing in confidence has been incredible so we're more determined than ever to continue to create these opportunities for women."
Check out the first episode with Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to motorbike around the world!