Thu 1 Mar, Westlands Screening
Where West Begins celebrates International Women’s Day and 100 years of Women’s Suffrage with a screening of the Sarah Gavron film Suffragette followed by a Power of Women Panel featuring Lynne Franks OBE, editor of Blackmore Vale Magazine, Fiona Dart and Councillor Sylvia Seal (Lib Dem).
DIRECTOR: Sarah Gavron
CAST: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter
RUN TIME: 104 mins
Footlights: Discount Applies
A £1.50 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices
If you haven’t seen the 2015 film, Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron, written by Abi Morgan, and starring Carey Mullighan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and Marie-Ann Duff, then this is a must. It is the centenary of women getting the vote so all the more reason to see this.
As Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian put it at the time “Suffragette is a tart reminder to those who are casual about democratic gender equality that votes for women were not something that naturally evolved due to the ruling class’s innate decency; they had to be fought for. A startling list of statistics over the final credits gives the staggeringly recent appearances, and indeed non-appearances, of women’s suffrage around the world.”
The terrific Lynne Franks has just been awarded an OBE for her services to women, and we are delighted to launch her POW series – Power Of Women – with a panel on Women’s Leadership in the Community. For those of you who don't know her, Lynne Franks is recognised as the pioneer of modern day PR, where she created London Fashion Week, inspired the world’s largest Aids/HIV fundraiser and launched Green Consumer Week. A global futurist, thought leader and change maker Lynne is a champion for gender equality, sustainable business practices and women’s economic empowerment, and through her seminal best-seller The SEED Handbook, has influenced hundreds of thousands of women to start their own enterprise, using the feminine principles of collaboration, community and connection. She has recently opened a hub at N4 Market Place in Wincanton celebrating women and wellbeing.
To see some of her projects past and present, you can check the following websites:
Lynne will be chairing a panel of powerful women in our community discussing how we find leadership, how we exercise it, and how we can mentor younger women and our daughters to be leaders. Confirmed for the panel so far are Fiona Dart, Editor of The Blackmore Vale Magazine and Sylvia Seal, and Councillor for South Somerset District Council, Portfolio Holder Health and Wellbeing, Leisure and Culture.
Sylvia was elected as a District Councillor for South Somerset District Council in May 1995 and has served continuously for the last 23 years. She has been a Member of the Councils Cabinet for 21 years. She has held a variety of senior positions within the Council, including Chairman of the Councils Area North Committee and a member of the Somerset-wide Health and Wellbeing Board. She has also served on a number of outside bodies including Chair of Governors for Yeovil College. Sylvia has a particular interest in arts and well-being and has been the Council's Portfolio Holder for Sport, Arts, Countryside, Health and Well-Being for many years, enthusiastically supporting the work of the Octagon Theatre and more recently the Westland Leisure Centre. Previous to her local government career, Sylvia's background has been in management as a Regional Manager of a Multi-National Company covering the South West.
We will be launching a mentoring scheme for young women at this event, so come prepared to put your name down to mentor girls and young women find their power and equal rights in the workplace and at home.