BBC after young feminists for documentary
Jess McCabe // 24 June 2008
With the usual note of caution about what you’re letting yourself in for if you go on TV:
BBC documentary series ‘WOMEN’ looking for young feminists
‘WOMEN’ is a three-part documentary series for BBC4 about feminism and its impact on contemporary women’s lives. Episode 1 will map the ideology of women’s liberation in the 1960s and throughout the 1970s, and evoke the urgency and passion of the early days of the movement. Episodes 2 and 3 will look at the consequences of feminism, documenting the professional and domestic lives of women in Britain today, and assessing how the reality of their lives compares with the hopes and predictions of forty years ago.
The first film will outline the politics of feminism, and explain how impossibly constrained women’s lives were until well into the last century. This film will feature four or five influential feminists from Britain and America. Each of them would be asked to explain how they became involved in the feminist movement and to describe their ideological framework as well as the political battles they fought – both privately at home and on the broader political stage.
The second film will examine the lives of mothers today and examine the ways in which family life has been transformed. This film will feature six or seven mothers and their families, and will include working mothers and full-time mothers.
The third film will hopefully feature an extended family, ideally including three generations of women, looking at how women’s lives have changed over the generations. We are specifically looking for a young politically active feminist in her 20s, who would be willing to be the subject of a film, and whose siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces etc would also be willing to be featured.
Please email me if you would like to be involved.
Women – 3 x 60 min, BBC4