This years GFF has many treats in store for its viewers, and some involve the celebration of women in the modern world.
Every year GFF celebrates classic movie star, one who's contributions to cinema are still valued to this day; and this year is no exception as the team have put together a selection of films and documentaries in celebration of Ingrid Bergman's career.
Bergman is best known for her role in the classic Casblanca opposite Humphrey Bogart, and Notorious with Cary Grant; both of which will appear as part of the festival. But she was...
A Queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.
This is the tagline of the European produced movie Mary Queen of Scots by director Thomas Imbach. And it sums up the life of Scotland's tragic Queen perfectly.
Director Imbach wrote the film based on a biography by Stefan Zweig, a biographer and playwright, who's approach to Mary's story was told with more dramatic flair than the average biography. One of the main viewpoints from Zweig was that Mary had been in a position of power and command for so long that it...
Upon finishing Giles Tremlett's biography of Katherine of Aragon, I've come away with an even deeper respect for Henry VIII's discarded Queen.
In this day and age, there has been so much written on the six wives of Henry VIII, and many more that declare Anne Boleyn as the greatest of them all, while the others have been neglected. Indeed, Tremlett's biography is the first since the early seventies to focus solely on Henry's first Queen. And it proves long overdue. Tremlett gives us the portrait of a woman who was not merely a matronly wife who defied a king; she was a strong...
Queen Elizabeth Wydeville, the slandered Queen of England has spent centuries judged to be a greedy and horrid woman, characteristics written of her by her many enemies. In this volume, Okerlund delves into the preconceptions in order to shed light on the truth - was she truly a vile woman or was she a strong individual who endured where others crumbled?
It does appear that Elizabeth Wydeville was indeed a much more complex personality than sources have made out in the past. A deeply pious woman, Okerlund determines that the marriage of Elizabeth and Edward IV was truly a love...
There is a classic scene in Anne of the Thousand Days (Jarrott, 1969) where Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold) looks Henry VIII (Richard Burton) in the eye and proclaims 'My Elizabeth shall be queen! And my blood will have been well spent!'
There is no proof that such an exchange ever took place between the pair but it is a powerful and prophetic moment that tells the viewer that Anne's blood was indeed well spent, and her words prove true as Elizabeth, her daughter, became possibly the greatest ruler England ever had. How she eventually came to be queen is nothing short of a...
There has been a recent surge in interest of Scotland's infamous queen Mary Stewart. An exhibition is currently on at the national museum of Scotland, two films are currently in production about the life of Scotland's most tragic figure, as well as a TV series starting in October focusing on her years in France. After reading up the 2013 movie it was said that the book that gave the writer the most influence was a biography by playwright/biographer Stefan Zweig.
From the moment of her birth Mary had been the centre of attention - queen at just six days old she was a coveted...
Mary Tudor, the first Queen of England has never had a good reputation throughout history and this idea has translated onto film. All in all there have only been three films made centering on Mary and her story. These films are Marie Tudor (Capellani, 1917), Marie Tudor (Gance, 1966) and The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary (Barnard, 2008).
However, the majority of the time when Mary is in films or TV shows about the Tudors, she is usually a minor character or features only as a cameo. In films such as Anne of the Thousand Days (Jarrott, 1969) or The Other Boleyn Girl (Chadwick,...
Ok, I'm thinking of trying to get this club active by having a woman of the month. Each month we'd have a option by having everyone have a say in a selection, then have poll at the end of it to decide who will be woman of the month. She would also be featured in the spot icon for a month too. What do you guys think?
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