FILM AT FABRICA: The Ladies Bridge + Q&A
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Film at Fabrica: The Ladies’ Bridge plus Q&A
DOORS & BAR 7.15PM, Event Starts 7.45pm
£5 general / £3 concessions (60+, unemployed) / Free for under 25’s and carers
Presented by Fresh Perspectives
Fabrica’s young film programmers group have selected a series of titles in May which champion UK female filmmakers and the power we all have to create change. Inspired by Brighton Festival Guest Director, Rokia Traoré, and Fabrica exhibitor Serge Attukwei Clottey, these events celebrate creativity and activism through diverse voices in film from the past 100 years.
For the first of our films, we are showing The Ladies’ Bridge (2005, Rated PG), a 30 minute documentary revealing the story of the women who built Waterloo Bridge during the second world war.
Today the Thames riverboat pilots tell the story of Waterloo Bridge being built by women during the Second World War, keeping the story alive since the 1950’s. However, no “official” record of this history existed as historian Dr Christine Wall discovered after years of trawling through the archives.
In 2005, film-makers Karen Livesey and Jo Wiser joined the search, making an oral history film of the journey to find these women. The Ladies’ Bridge documentary explores why these bridge builders and many thousands of female construction workers had been written out of history.
The film charts the search to find the women bridge builders but also the story of the 25,000 women who worked in construction at the time. Through oral history the film discovers the contribution these women made while questioning why this history has been omitted from official records.
On the evening we will be joined by film-maker and producer Jo Wiser, who will share insights into the making of the film.
We recommend booking in advance for this event as places are limited.
Bookings can also be made in during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at Fabrica during office hours.
Once paid for, tickets are non-refundable.