Tuesday 26 November 6.30 pm
30th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING FEMINIST CLASSIC: The Gold Diggers
+ panel discussion with Sophie Mayer (author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love) and Elinor Cleghorn (an expert on feminist film and screen dance). Chaired by Ruth Novaczek (internationally-exhibited artist filmmaker and lecturer).
The Gold Diggers
Sally Potter / UK / 1983 / 86 mins / English
We are excited to be screening Sally Potter’s award-winning debut feature The Gold Diggers in its 30th anniversary year, a key film of early 1980s feminist cinema.
Celeste (Colette Laffont) is a computer clerk in a bank who becomes fascinated by the relationship between gold and power. Ruby (Julie Christie) is an enigmatic film star in quest of her childhood, her memories, and the truth about her own identity. As their paths cross they come to sense that there could be a link between the male struggle for economic supremacy and the female ideal of mysterious but impotent beauty.
A ground-breaking film from the director of Orlando and The Tango Lesson, The Gold Diggers is praised by Sight and Sound magazine as a ‘feminist sci-fi musical extravaganza’ that ‘remains consistently fresh and unpredictable’. Made with an all-woman crew, who were all paid equally, the film features stunning photography by Babette Magolte and embraces a radical and experimental narrative structure. The powerful and atmospheric score is by acclaimed musician Lindsay Cooper who passed away earlier this year and whose work we will be honouring at this event.
The Gold Diggers won the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Best Film award at the Florence International Film Festival.