• The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers (12A)

  • Cinema


  • £6.50 Full Price
  • £5.50 Concessions


  • 100

A new documentary revealing the hidden story of British female documentary directors, and a unique opportunity to see their films from 1935 to 1967.

This compelling documentary tells the story of some of the key female pioneers of the British documentary movement, beginning in the 1930s and culminating in the late sixties. It aims to raise the visibility of women working at the heart of documentary, and celebrate the often-unsung names of women who have helped shape the genre, telling stories that reflect the world we live in.

Newly available to audiences and beautifully captured from the collections held by the BFI National Archive and remastered in partnership with The Film Foundation, this inspiring selection of short films features directors including Marion Grierson, Ruby Grierson, Jill Craigie, Evelyn Spice, Sarah Erulkar, Margaret Thomson and Kay Mander.

The Films

  • Beside the Seaside (dir. Marion Grierson, 1935, 23 mins)
  • They Also Serve (dir. Ruby Grierson, 1940, 9 mins)
  • Birth-day (dir. Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper, 1945, 22 mins)
  • Homes for the People (dir. Kay Mander, 1945, 23 mins)
  • Something Nice to Eat (dir. Sarah Erulkar, 1967, 21 mins)

Please note thatBeside the Seaside and Birth-day include scenes reflecting harmful racist views that were pervasive at the time of their making. 

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