Articles by Sophie Mayer

“I am drawn to the fire”: Being Ruby Rich programme at London Barbican next week

Sophie Mayer introduces Being Ruby Rich, programme of screenings and talks celebrating feminist film critic coming to London next week

Sophie Mayer // 15 June 2017

Categories: Blog

The power of the cameraperson

Sophie Mayer recommends Kirsten Johnson’s extraordinary visual memoir Cameraperson as a film to hold on to in the current political climate

Sophie Mayer // 18 January 2017

Categories: Films, Reviews

Once more with feeling: revisiting Buffy studies

“Buff Buffy buff” Sophie Mayer reviews Patricia Pender’s book I’m Buffy and You’re History, which casts a new light on the show in relation to contemporary feminism

Sophie Mayer // 1 August 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Keeping Rosa Luxemburg’s ideas alive: Red Rosa

Sophie Mayer praises Kate Evans’ graphic novel about Rosa Luxemburg for its perfect pairing of word and image

Sophie Mayer // 4 March 2016

Categories: Comics, Reviews

A reluctant suffragette

Sophie Mayer gives Suffragette all the kudos it deserves but highlights some threads of historical and political importance the film chooses to omit

Sophie Mayer // 25 October 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

A girl at my door: interview with July Jung

Sophie Mayer talks to July Jung as her first feature film opens in the UK cinemas

Sophie Mayer // 14 September 2015

Categories: Blog

Why we’re Raising Films

Sophie Mayer introduces Raising Films, a campaign aiming to bring diversity and sustainability into the film industry by organising parents and carers

Sophie Mayer // 25 August 2015

Categories: Blog

London Feminist Film Festival: 20-23 August

Sophie Mayer previews the London Feminist Film Festival, back this year for its third edition 20-23 August

Sophie Mayer // 11 August 2015

Categories: Blog

Thank fuck, it’s Tuesday

Praising Sophie Hyde's debut feature, Sophie Mayer asserts you will never look at a Tuesday in quite the same way

Sophie Mayer // 4 August 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

Origins: Festival of First Nations (London, 9-24 June)

Sophie Mayer previews the film programme of Origins: Festival of First Nations that celebrates female filmmakers from across the globe, telling the stories of Indigenous women

Sophie Mayer // 2 June 2015

Categories: Films, Reviews

“She’s getting back in the frame”: Interview with Céline Sciamma

Sophie Mayer conquers her initial self-consciousness in Céline Sciamma's cool presence and asks the director some insightful questions about her latest film Girlhood and more

Sophie Mayer // 5 May 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Feminist film badass: an interview with Elisabeth Subrin

Sophie Mayer talks to Elisabeth Subrin, director of Shulie, a 1997 shot-for-shot remake of 1967 documentary about Shulamith Firestone during her time as an art student

Sophie Mayer // 29 April 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Desiree Akhavan: it matters which stories we tell

Desiree Akhavan talks to Sophie Mayer about studying with Ira Sachs, getting real about onscreen sex and why we need more selfish female protagonists

Sophie Mayer // 28 February 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Girlhoods, Margaritas and Björk: watching women at the London Film Festival

With a record-breaking number of female directors represented at this year's festival, Sophie Mayer offers a feministly subjective 'What to see' guide

Sophie Mayer // 10 October 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Lean in? Be bossy? No: get naked

Sophie Mayer on Sally Potter's new book Naked Cinema, exploring the filmmaker's refreshing take on leadership

Sophie Mayer // 28 September 2014

Categories: Books

Boyhood’s girlhood

Reviewing Richard Linklater's unique study of growing up, Sophie Mayer applauds the girlhoods that frame Mason's boyhood

Sophie Mayer // 22 September 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

A choice not that obvious

Sophie Mayer hails Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child for depicting abortion as a reasonable choice for those who have it

Sophie Mayer // 29 August 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

All at sea

Sophie Mayer is swept away by Drift, Caroline Bergvall's latest poetry collection

Sophie Mayer // 26 August 2014

Categories: Books, Spoken Word

Horror in paradise

Sophie Mayer looks at Lucia Puenzo's Wakolda, film narrating the Patagonian epilogue to extremely dark period in European history

Sophie Mayer // 7 August 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: a secret thread of feminist elders revealed

Sophie Mayer recommends documentaries to watch out for, hand-picked from this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up

Sophie Mayer // 22 July 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Under and through the celluloid ceiling

Sophie Mayer finds recent collection of essays on women's cinema a mixed bag but a powerful tool nevertheless

Sophie Mayer // 3 July 2014

Categories: Books, Reviews

Keep making the work

Sophie Mayer chats on Skype to Sini Anderson, American director of The Punk Singer, recent documentary about Kathleen Hanna

Sophie Mayer // 29 May 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

The Punk Singer: How to Be a Rebel Girl

Inspired by Sini Anderson's documentary about the original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna, Sophie Mayer lays out six riotous rules

Sophie Mayer // 13 May 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Birds Eye View documentaries: from Algeria to Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer reports from press screenings of two BEV documentaries - Narimane Mari's Bloody Beans and Anna Eborn's Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer // 5 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

If pop was punk

Sophie Mayer follows up on her 2011 review of Carla Bozulich's Evangelista project with an appraisal of Bozulich's forthcoming album, Boy

Sophie Mayer // 25 February 2014

Categories: Music, Reviews

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