Louder Now! Feminism On Film


LOUDER NOW! is a monthly screening of films of a feminist nature at The Star and Shadow Cinema, presented by The Gender Research Group at Newcastle University.  It is intended that these films will enlighten, provoke and spark discussion, build networks, and perhaps inspire action.  Each film will showcase a different aspect of feminist thought and politics, be introduced by a specialist and post-film discussion will be encouraged.  LOUDER NOW! promotes an open atmosphere where every opinion, thought and feeling will be respected.

Why Feminist Films at The Star and Shadow? Feminism is re-entering social vocabulary – women and girls are reclaiming the ‘F-word’ for their own, away from postfeminist rhetoric and into a new feminist space.  This series of events will open that space and allow for discussion and debate about what feminism is in society today. 

LOUDER NOW! is brought to the Star and Shadow with support from The Gender Research Group at Newcastle University. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/niassh/GenderResearch

The CANNY LITTLE LIBRARY will be open at each LOUDER NOW! event. Canny Little Library is a small collectively run library stocking radical, informative, alternative books and zines, including sections on politics, global struggles, DIY, info for action, queer, anarchism, feminism, workers’ struggles, cookery, art, children and young people and more. cannylittlelibrary.tumblr.com

All LOUDER NOW! events are free to attend (although £1 membership to the Star and Shadow is required).

Films in the Louder Now! Feminism On Film:


Film: Louder Now! Launch Event - Summer School (2010)

29 Feb 2012, 7 p.m.

A night to launch LOUDER NOW! a series of films and discussions presented by The Gender Research Group at Newcastle University.


Film: Louder Now! "Don't Need You" (2006)

26 Apr 2012, 7:30 p.m.

“don’t need you” is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and women-friendly community.


Film: Louder Now! "Eat The Kimono"

24 May 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Eat the Kimono is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defying her conservative culture's contempt for independence and unconventionality.


Film: Louder Now! "Privilege" (1990)

28 Jun 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Rainer's 6th feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been denied on film by virtually everybody, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class.


Film: Louder Now! "Blind Spot" (1980)

4 Oct 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Claudia von Alemann's feature-length film, BLIND SPOT, is about an historian who is researching the life of Flora Tristan, a 19th century socialist and feminist rarely mentioned in conventional history books.


Film: Louder Now! "Greenham Granny" (1986)

1 Nov 2012, 7:30 p.m.

In 1929 Nell Logan took part in a youth peace conference in Moscow. More than 50 years later she was among the women fighting against Cruise missiles at Greenham Common. 


Film: Louder Now! "A Litany For Survival: The Life And Work Of Audre Lorde" (1995)

6 Dec 2012, 7 p.m.

An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings - spanning five decades - articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century.Closing event with panel discussion and mingling time!