IAC Women Filmmakers

The Project

A detailed catalogue and a selection of accompanying videos is available to view on our website.

This catalogue of films from the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) collection, held on long term deposit at EAFA, was produced with support from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives. The catalogue focuses on IAC Women Filmmakers.

There are 150 films by amateur filmmakers within the catalogue. The films range from the 1930s to the 1980s and include documentaries, animation, travelogues, fiction films and records of everyday life. The vast majority of films were directed by women filmmakers (working alone and as part of a partnership) and are from various areas within the UK and from abroad. During the cataloguing project it was discovered that a very small number of these films could not be credited to women filmmakers and where this is the case this is shown in the credits.

Around a third of the 150 films are by Eustace and Eunice Alliott, a husband and wife team. A further third are by husband and wife Stuart and Laurie Day. The final third consist of a number of female filmmakers producing award winning films from the 1930s onwards.


Researcher's Guide

More information on the project and the films catalogued is available in a guide written by Francis Dyson: 

Cataloguing of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Women Film-Makers' Films  (PDF, 488KB).


The Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

The IAC collection includes around 400 hours of films on film and video. Within the IAC collection there are a number of works by women filmmakers. It is this part of the collection that the funded project has focused on. 

EAFA is grateful to the National Archives and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers for their support of this project.


Highlight Films

Below is a selection of titles from the project which not only have a published catalogue record but also include an accompanying video of the film available to watch online:

Cat no. 3823

Sally Sallies Forth

Running time26:52 Black & White Silent 1928 London

Comedy about a young woman who becomes a maid for a day at a garden tea party.

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Cat no. 3284

Egypt And Back With Imperial Airways

Running time17:49 Black & White Silent 1931-1933 Cairo, Egypt

A trip to Cairo by Imperial Airways.

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Cat no. 2685


Running time10:28 Black & White Silent 1932-1934

Animal-drawn and mechanised transport of people and goods throughout the world.

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Cat no. 3293

England May Be Home

Running time17:56 Colour Sound 1957 Bedford, Bedfordshire

An Italian working in England has to decide whether he should return home after the death of his father, or relocate his wife and child and make a home in England.

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Cat no. 4116

The Sound of Cine

Running time23:53 Colour Sound 1971 Ilford, Greater London

Romantic musical comedy about life in a cine club.

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Cat no. 3737

Pillage Idiot!!

Running time5:31 Colour Sound 1976

Animated cartoon set during the Viking invasions of Britain.

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