WOMEN AND SILENT BRITISH CINEMA was created in 2007 to collate and share research being undertaken on women and cinema in Britain during the silent era.
As well as making up a large part of the cinema audience, it is now widely recognised that women played an important role in the development of the British film industry through their work as actors, writers, directors, producers, script girls, designers, cinema managers, projectionists, journalist and publicists. While the names and contribution of these women have often been obscured, a growing body of research is now highlighting the importance of women both behind and in front of the camera, writing in the press and sitting in the cinema auditorium.
To see the full list of women Click Here or navigate the site using the links at the top of this page. Each woman has (or will eventually have) a homepage, a career overview/biography, a resources and references page, and (where appropriate) a filmography. Every woman also has a Posts page where visitors can ask questions and leave comments.
Researchers currently working on a woman are listed at the bottom of her Homepage, and those who are contributing to the online Women Film Pioneers Project (formerly Sourcebook Vol.II) are indicated by the inclusion of the letters (SB) after their name. Researchers for the Sourcebook are still being sought. Please visit the WFPP website for further details.
WSBC pages for many of the women are incomplete. If you have any additional information that you would like to see added or if you would like to be registered as a WSBC researcher on a particular woman, please email us via the Contact Us page.
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