Doing Women’s Film and Television History conference panel

Doing Women’s Film and Television History Conference V: Forming Histories/Histories in Formation, Maynooth University, 20-22 May 2020

The many lives of Jill Craigie: socialist, feminist, film-maker, writer and ‘media personality’

The Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer project team will be presenting their collaborative research on Craigie’s career exploring what it reveals about the obstacles and opportunities experienced by women in the film and TV industries and how her work and life questions dominant conceptions of British documentary history. Craigie was one of the most visible women directors in the 1940s, partly because her two key war-time films, Out Of Chaos and The Way We Live,were funded and publicised by Two Cities (a Rank subsidiary). However, the distribution and production of her work,as both writer and director, demonstrate sometimes, conflicting aspirations to represent socialist and feminist ideas, engage communities in her film-making and secure commercial interest.

  • Narrative voices: representing the career and life of Jill Craigie in a documentary biopic – Lizzie Thynne (University of Sussex)
  • “How is our film progressing, Miss Craigie?”: Nationalization, Memory and the South Wales Mining Community in Blue Scar – Hollie Price (University of Sussex)
  • Jill Craigie: feminist filmmaker/media personality – Yvonne Tasker (University of Leeds)
  • The (im)possibility of a ‘people’s film’?: Craigie’s visions in The Way We Live – Sadie Wearing (LSE)


***Unfortunately the Doing Women’s Film and TV History conference in Maynooth has been cancelled due to Covid-19. We hope to present this research at future conferences and will post details when we can.