international women's day 2011

Film “Shooting the War: Women” celebrates International Women’s Day – Bristol – 8th March 2011

Posted on: 2 March 2011

A film produced by award-winning director Colin Thomas about the experience of women in World War II will be shown specially in Bristol celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day.

First shown on BBC4, Colin’s film uses home movies shot in Britain and Germany to provide a strikingly different perspective on women’s roles and experience. From Land Girls to Spitfire pilots, for many it offered opportunities they’d never seen in the 1930s.

As one woman remembers in the film, Shooting the War: Women: “Life was better when the war came… We were looking forward to having some fun!”

In Germany, amateur film-maker Elisabeth Wilms shot everyday life of women in her home city of Dortmund – and as those lives changed she continued to record events, including the stunning films of the destitution experienced by women in the immediate aftermath of the blitz on her home town.

In Britain, Rosie Newman was doing very much the same, filming women as war changed their lives. She had remarkable access to the military and was able to capture the lives of woman at war in a way few others could match.

Colin will introduce the film, made with production company Available Light – and after the screening two of the women from the film will talk about their experiences and answer questions. They are Pat Edmead from Bristol and Lady Ann Piper from Oxford. Pat worked in a services laundry in Bristol during the Blitz, met a black GI here, and later had a very happy marriage with him.

The screening is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 8 at the Pierian Centre, 27 Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8SA.

Entry to Shooting the War: Women is free – but tickets must be booked on 0117 924 4512 or via

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