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Daisies

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ’68

An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the ’60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air. Daisies follows the misadventures of two young women both called Marie (played by Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová), who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast.

The film’s anarchic attitude saw it banned by the Czech authorities and it stayed under wraps for years. Some have called the film’s freewheeling rage against the world proto-riot grrrl, and the two Maries (defiantly unholy) are a total riot. If you haven’t caught up with this genuine feminist classic, see why it’s as thrilling now as it was 50 years ago.

The screening will be opened with an introduction by Mehelli Modi.

Accompanied by the short film Saute Ma Ville (Blow Up My Town)
Dir Chantal Akerman | Belgium 1968 | 13 mins

Made when she was just 18, Chantal Akerman dropped out of film school to make this disturbing look at the claustrophobia of the domestic. A caustic prelude to her masterpiece Jeanne Dielman.

BBFC rating
15
Year
1966
Running time
73 mins
Director
V?ra Chytilová

Riddles of the Sphinx

Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ’68


Neon acrobats. Gertrude Stein. Union politics and the question of childcare. Legendary feminist art and electronic music. The first on-screen mixed-race lesbian relationship. A brilliant lecture by Laura Mulvey. Riddles of the Sphinx is the film that has, and gives, everything.


A riddle wrapped in an enigma embraced by layers of dreamy images, ideas and sound, Riddles is a love letter about being a mother and a daughter, and remains one of the most revolutionary representations of how women think, feel, act and desire ever to hit the screen.


“Mulvey’s visually astonishing and intellectually rich film is one of the key avant-garde works of the British experimental film scene of the 1960s and 70s” – BFI


Accompanied by the short film Tap and Touch Cinema (Tapp und Tastkino)

Dir VALIE EXPORT | Austria 1968 | 2 mins


Born of the ‘68 revolt against modern consumer and technical society, VALIE EXPORT’s notion of ‘expanded cinema’ is performed as a feminist killjoy who challenges the public to engage with real women instead of images on screen.

BBFC rating
U
Year
1977
Running time
89 mins
Country
UK
Director
Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Cast
Dinah Stabb, Merdelle Jordine, Riannon Tise

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August 8th

Daisies

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