Invisible Women: Mad As Hell   

13 October 2019, 8.30pm 

Brick Box, Bradford

For centuries, women who express their discontent and anger with the patriarchal status quo have been labelled "mad" - hysterical, out of control, in need of treatment. In Mad as Hell, we present a programme of films exploring the thin line between madness and anger, and demonstrating how female filmmakers have harnessed their rage through political action. These are films made by angry women, about angry women, for the world.

Programme includes:

Bedlam - Clio Barnard (1991, 9 mins)

This imagined meeting between Bertha Mason from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Antoinette Cosway from Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea depicts an angry sisterhood rebelling against an establishment seeking to contain and medicalise their “madness”. A blistering early experiment from Otley born filmmaker Clio Barnard, who has since received widespread acclaim for her Bradford set feature films The Selfish Giant and The Arbor.


Give us a Smile - Leeds Animation Workshop (1983, 13 mins)

This playful but righteous short explores women’s experience of street harassment and gendered violence, partly in response to the sexist police and media response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders. An angry, darkly comic and ultimately empowering film from Leeds Animation Workshop, a prolific feminist filmmaking collective who have been producing work for over 40 years.


A Place of Rage - Pratibha Parmar (1991, 52 mins)

A searing doc that draws comparisons between the 60s civil rights movement and the 90s struggle for gender and LGBTQ+ equality. Set in New York, A Place of Rage boasts a blistering soundtrack of Prince and Janet Jackson, and features interviews with Alice Walker and Angela Davis. Educated at Bradford University, Parmar is a prolific director who specialises in giving a voice to the under-represented and marginalised.

Especially curated by Invisible Women for Brick Box, Bradford with support from Live Cinema.

All three of these films have strong, unexpected connections to West Yorkshire, despite blazing an unpredictable trail across time and space.

These screenings will be accompanied by a performative response, more information to come.

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