Here are some random comments from our screening, ranging from 23 year old female to 55 year old man (I won’t say who is who!)
– the film is inspiring, moving, and important. It was a privilege to see it, full stop
– I was riveted by In The Light not only because of the story of the Edinburgh Seven but also in the clever portrayal of the history of these women juxtaposed with the inequalities which still exist for women in contemporary Britain.
– absolutely loved it! Was in tears at points! It’s a really moving story, and all the different parts/people’s stories woven together really capture the complexity. Allowing space for Carrie’s story, having the different academic perspectives, the statues makes the story of the 7 feel even more current and relatable because you’re tying it in with modern-day experiences – women’s visibility and value is still a vexed a question. I loved all your shots playing with light and shadow and reflection – lovely visual metaphor. And putting yourself in the film— it was really great having the progression of shots of your shadow/reflection and building up to the clip of you fully illuminated at the end. Not only because your exploring the concept of your own visibility as a filmmaker but also because you’ve introduced a perspective to tell the story of the film from, making the exploration feel more personal/more emotive. Felt like it’s a really important film! People need to see it!
-I thought your film was very interesting, empowering and it made me wonder at the bravery of these women, that cannot ever be underestimated. Very easy to judge what they did from our position in time, but my god they must have gone through every sort of bullshit. And that Jex-Blake…. Fuck me what a gal!
– the shifting outwards and back inwards and then outwards again, concertina fashion, from the Ed 7 works wonderfully, and really enforces a point about how little, really, has changed, shamefully. And I love the inclusion of your own point of view both in terms of the commentary but also visually; the portrayal of the work of making fits so perfectly with the emphasis on the undervaluing of work, not least of work unseen or taken for granted.