I’m really pleased that I’m about to start working on a follow up project to the documentary film! I’ve been thinking about this for a while and now I’m finally starting it. I won’t be making a film this time – instead I will be interviewing some of the previous participants, as well as some new people, for a book (or zine – depends on funds!). I really want to hear how things may have changed since I last spoke to everyone… and I want to put my photography skills to use with some awesome portraits of everyone. The first interviews are happening this weekend with more to be set up over the next few months. I’m hoping that the book will be finished and available sometime next year.
I have a couple of screenings coming up in Yorkshire this month, which is exciting! Firstly the documentary has been selected to be part of Leeds International Film Festival 2021! The screening is taking place at Vue in The Light, Leeds on Thursday 11 November. This event will be in partnership with Nice as Pie Race Festival and proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Equaliser and Female Magik at Music:Leeds.
Then at the end of the month, the short cut of the film (previously screened at GRRRL HAUS CINEMA in Berlin and Boston) will be shown at the Young Thugs ‘Grand Opening’ in York. Young Thugs is a recording studio in the city which runs LEVEL – a community programme offering training and support for women and non-binary sound engineers. Money raised from the screening will be used to support this and other widening participation initiatives. As part of the evening, we’ll also have some music from Fat Spatula – their bassist Tarryn was in the documentary! And another band (to be confirmed).
There is also some new stuff in the Etsy shop. In addition to issues 1 and 3 of the documentary zine, and the IWD 2020 collaborative zine, there are two new zines featuring photos I’ve taken of women in music. One features photos pre-documentary (2006-2014) and the other is from the start of filming in 2014 to 2020. I actually found that I had a larger pool of images to choose from for the second zine. I think this is because during the making of the documentary, I discovered more bands with women in them. It’s sad that I might have missed out on bands in the past, but I’m glad that I am now more aware of this.
To celebrate and mark International Women’s Day, I’ve put together a zine and it’s available now in the Etsy store. This was a collaborative project – I invited anyone who wanted to get involved to contribute their content. I ended up with material from people across the globe.
There are interviews, photography, poetry, lyrics, art and illustration, features about Riot Grrrl sessions, FemFriday, punk rock and femicide, as well as music industry advice and music recommendations.
This limited edition A5 full-colour, 24 page independent publication is £4.50 and all profits from sales of the zine are being donated to initiatives supporting women in music.
‘So, which band is your boyfriend in?’ is now available to buy/rent!
Get it now 👇
Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/2ZlKqp1
The wait is almost over! ‘So, which band is your boyfriend in?’ will be released on Friday 23rd August 2019. It’ll be available digitally to rent/buy from Vimeo and Amazon Prime Video.
Taking pre-orders now from Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sowhichband
If you haven’t seen the documentary yet, that may be about to change as a whole load of screenings have just been confirmed for International Women’s Day/Weekend! Confirmed so far: London x2, Brisbane (Oz premiere!), Münster, Penryn, Budapest and Bristol. The events will be raising funds for a variety of excellent music initiatives including Girls Rock! Brisbane, Eat Up for Starters, Safe Gigs for Women and Girls Rock London.
Want to show the film in your town? Get in touch!
The documentary has been accepted to its first film festival! Doc’n Roll will be giving ‘So, which band is your boyfriend in?’ its London Premiere on Saturday 17 November. Following the screening I’ll also be taking part in a Q&A about the film (yep, nervous already!).
For tickets please go to: http://www.docnrollfestival.com/films/so-which-band-is-your-boyfriend-in/
Our first screening in Portugal is happening next month! The event will be hosted by No Borders DIY Booking and is taking place on Sunday 15 July at Disgraça (Rua da Penha de França nº217A/B, 1170-183 Lisbon, Portugal). For more info, check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/419314138530608/
Want to see the film? Keep an eye on the website and the documentary’s social media channels for forthcoming events in your area. I’m currently talking to a few different people to set up some screenings and I’m waiting to hear back from a few different UK film festivals. If you’re interested in showing the film at an event in the UK or Europe, please get in touch!
I also have some merch available now – check out my Etsy store for badges, stickers and a limited number of zines! 🙂
Good news! If you’re coming to Manchester Punk Festival in April, you’ll be able to watch the documentary, as the UK Premiere is taking place on the Saturday of the event. Check out this interview I did with them: https://manchesterpunkfestival.co.uk/happy-international-womens-day-2018/