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. 212570

Future Outlook Unsettled

Running time11:59 Colour Sound 1938 Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

A comedy by Laurie and Stuart Day showing the various domestic disputes of a couple throughout the day.

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Cat no. 4131

The Stray

Running time7:08 Colour Sound 1965

Marjorie Martin directs this drama about a woman attempting to reconcile with her estranged husband after having an affair.

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Cat no. 3580


Running time2:40 Colour Sound 1978

This clever animation by Joanna Fryer shows the facial expressions of a woman as she applies her make-up and imagines ideal boyfriends- though she's less than thrilled when the real one shows up!

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Cat no. 3575

Magnum Opus

Running time3:09 Colour Sound 1981

This animated poem by Mollie Butler created for the International Year of the Disabled Person draws a clever metaphor with a disabled musical note and its troubles with acceptance in the musical community.

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Cat no. 3352


Running time4:29 Colour Sound 1988 Leeds, West Yorkshire

A time-lapse sequence film by Sharon Gadsdon depicting a schoolgirl daydreaming of her transformation into a punk rocker.

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