A new short film by Chloe Brown (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art) will receive its international premiere on Saturday 8 June as part of Sheffield Doc Fest, as Sheffield’s historic Paradise Square is set to transform into an art gallery for the major outdoor screening event.
The film refers to Sheffield’s proud history where the UK’s first women’s suffrage organisation was founded in 1851 and centres on women’s voices. It was created with an all-female crew, production team and cast, and was commissioned by the Arts Council England through Sheffield Culture Consortium.
Over 200 women participated in creating the film, performing a series of ‘Soft Rebellions’, a term used by Brown to describe her on-going exploration of artistic actions. Previous ‘Soft Rebellions’ have included working with participants who dance, eat, meet and applaud in places where it is unusual, or even forbidden to do so.
Chloë Brown says: ‘At a time when the world is still reeling from the #MeToo campaign and we mark the one hundred year anniversary since some women first achieved the right to vote in this country, I wanted to make a film that could contribute to this debate by focussing solely on women’s voices to create a defiant piece of art that is demanding to be seen AND heard.’
The film, which is approximately 10 minutes long and a certificate U, will be screened from midday to 9pm as a free drop-in event. There will also be a special introduction by Chloë Brown at 4.30pm.