Bloomsbury to Publish Spaces of Women’s Cinema Space, Place and Genre in Contemporary Women’s Filmmaking by Sue Thornham

Sue Thornham explores issues of space, place, time and gender in feminist filmmaking through an examination of a wide range of films by contemporary women filmmakers, ranging from the avant-garde to mainstream Hollywood.

Sue Thornham explores issues of space, place, time and gender in feminist filmmaking through an examination of a wide range of films by contemporary women filmmakers, ranging from the avant-garde to mainstream Hollywood. Beginning from questions about space itself and the way it has been gendered, she asks how representation functions in relation to space and time, and how this, too, is gendered, before moving to
an exploration of how such questions might be considered in relation to women’s filmmaking. In sections dealing with spaces from wilderness to city, she analyses in detail how these issues have been dealt with by women filmmakers, addressing the work of filmmakers such as Jane Campion, Kathryn Bigelow, Julie Dash, Maggie Greenwald, Patricia Rozema and Carol Morley, and films including ‘An Angel at My Table’ (1990), ‘Daughters of the Dust’ (1991) ‘The Ballad of Little Jo’ (1993), ‘Winter’s Bone’ (2010), ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (2012) and ‘The Falling’ (2014).

  • Addresses hot topics of space, place, time and gender in women’s filmmaking
  • Includes case studies of a wide range of films including Winter’s Bone and Zero Dark Thirty
  • Author has a high profile as the author and editor of several successful textbooks and Readers and as an authority on feminist cinema and women’s filmmaking.
  • Film-making by women is enjoying a high profile in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.

Author Biography

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of numerous books including Women, Feminism and Media (2007), What if I Had Been the Hero (BFI Publishing 2012); the co-author, with Tony Purvis, of Television Drama: Theories and Identities (2005); the editor of Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and the co-editor, with Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris, of Media Studies: A Reader (3rd Edition 2009).

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