Michele Ryan, one of the founder members of Red Flannel Films, talks about the collaborative process of creating the film Mam in 1988.
Red Flannel Films
In 1981 a group of Welsh women film-makers set up the cooperative South Wales Women’s Film Group. Deirdre Beddoe was part of this group. They were reacting against being marginalised as women and as film-makers. During the miners’ strike in 1985 many women became politically active; some of them channelled this activism into setting up Red Flannel Films in 1986. The members of this collective were Michele Ryan, Clare Richardson, Claire Pollak, Carol White, Penny Stempel, Frances Bowyer, Eileen Smith and Pearl Berry. The film Mam (1988) was about the history of the women of the Valleys in South Wales, as well as the education and career options open to them in the 1980s.
Do you know of any films written or directed by women? Do you think the fact they were written by or made by women is significant?
Producer / Director: Lizzie Thynne
Editor / Research assistant: Peter Harte