In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, we wanted to, quite literally, pass the mic to our listeners, and opened up our inbox for podcast segments on any topic related to women and representation in the industry – from think pieces to shout outs. It was amazing to hear your actual voices, and our pleasure to share it. Here are the women featured; please look them up, support them, and give a listen to their segments!
1.00 — Nancy Clarke on women in the film curriculum and the damage caused by exclusion.
Nancy is an 18-year-old film student from Bristol, about to start studying film practice at UAL. She likes Celine Sciamma films, cinematography and talking about terrible men in the industry. Follow her on Instagram @NancyRoseClarke and check out her blog, nancyroseclarke.wixsite.com.
6.20 — Lauren Piskothy & Reilly Shanahan, celebrating their friendship and filmmaking journey together.
Lauren and Reilly are friends from college and aspiring comedy writers. The two are navigating the post grad life trying to stay motivated and find their way in the industry. The two made a sketch comedy show that premiered at the St. Augustine Film Festival in 2020. They are currently working on putting together a web series that they hope to release later this year. You can find more from Lauren on YouTube under “Lauren Piskothy” as well as on her website, laurenpiskothy.com. You can find Reilly on her website, reillyshanahan.com.
14.00 — Abiola Olaitan digs into the question, is the femme fatale archetype sexist and offensive to women?
Abiola Olaitan is a 17-year-old filmmaker from the UK and is currently studying film. She has hopes of becoming a director, producer and screenwriter in Hollywood and hopes to break down barriers, to inspire other women to get into film.
18.30 — Flaminia Marchetti discusses the lack of representation and diversity in Italian cinema.
Flaminia is an Italian student of International Cooperation for the protection of human rights and she is also a cinephile and a feminist. She believes films and cinema to be a tool that can reach anything which is why she is always looking for ways to combine her love for films with her studies and to use films to raise awareness on a number of issues that are dear to her. Follow her on Instagram @flaams.
25.30 — Olivia Morrison dissects working class cinema in the U.K.
Olivia Morrison is an aspiring DOP and a member of Primetime and WCCD. Her work often tackled themes such as Mental Health, Class and LGBT+ rights. Olivia is in her graduation year at AUB being a student of Bournemouth Film School, preparing for her Graduation Film “Cyber Sex”, a documentary giving a platform to digital sex workers. She is currently a mentee of the ScreenSkills mentorship programme in partnership with Illuminatrix, and was recently on the Feature Film Jury for Iris Prize, an international LGBT+ Film Festival. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @OliviaGMorrison.
Thank you for your contribution, insight, and support. You are all amazing, and I hope you spend this day celebrating yourself and the women surrounding you.
Listen to the full episode, available now on all major podcast platforms (Spotify, Google, Apple, etc.). This episode was curated and edited by Malin Evita, guest-starring Nancy Clarke, Lauren Piskothy, Reilly Shanahan, Abiola Olaitan, Flaminia Marchetti, and Olivia Morrison.
Written by Malin Evita
Evita is the co-host and producer of the podcast, Instagram curator, and a writer focused on script, cultural commentary, and film analysis. She is a Vocal grand prize winner and currently studies Professional Writing at college. Through storytelling, she aims to amplify empathy and human connectivity.