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Women In Film: A Panel Discussion



Bristol In Focus celebrates the diverse range of filmmaking activity within the city and surrounding region. We are committed to providing a platform for locally produced content, and wherever possible we invite filmmakers to introduce and talk about their work, encouraging dialogue between them and their audience. In addition, Bristol In Focus includes talks, panel discussions and workshops that explore all aspects of film, often from a Bristolian perspective.


Bristol Film Festival is pleased to announce this panel event, which is partnered with Knowle West Media Centre and their upcoming ‘From Her P.O.V.’ project (click here for further details).

Our panel will be discussing a number of practical concerns as well as addressing the broader notion of representation in film, including: the range and available roles for women both in front of and behind the camera; the challenges women face in the industry and whether ground is being gained; how the term ‘women’ is perceived by industry and the wider public; the further challenges faced in getting trans women and women of colour represented on and off screen. There will be an audience Q&A included at the end of the discussion.

The panel is:

  • Thomasina Gibson – Thomasina has been a journalist, author, producer/director for past 20 years working in TV, Film and DVD production. She has worked with the BBC, SKY, C4, Sony International Television, MGM International Television, SciFi Channel and the VEA Group in Australia. As a freelance journalist and author she has published 8 books and more than 1000 articles in mainstream and genre press including Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, SFX, Total Film, Radio Times, SKY Customer Magazine. She recently wrapped filming on her first independent feature – a family feature based on the young adult novel We Can Be Heroes by Catherine Bruton.
  • Tara Judah – Tara is director at 20th Century Flicks video shop, curator and online editor for Cinema Rediscovered and a regular contributor to Monocle24’s Arts Review and The Cinema Show, Senses of Cinema and Desist Film. She’s also a member of the WFCC (Womens Film Critics’ Circle), an English Language Editor for FIPRESCI and on the Board of Trustees at one of the UK’s longest running single screen cinemas, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon. Tara is the panel chair for this event.
  • Mari Yamamura – Mari worked as a 1st AC for over 13 years on TV dramas, features, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and music videos. The credits include Doctor WhoTorchwoodBeing HumanCasualtyDracula, VW, Nike, IKEA, Samsung, RBS, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, David Gray and Chemical Brothers. For the last few years, she has being working as a DoP. She shot her first feature Kesulat last year. In the same year, a short piece Gwynfor was selected for BSC New Cinematographers Night screening as well as two short films City Lights and The Wheel being screened at London Short Film Festival.
  • Noomi Yates – Noomi (aka Noomi Spook) is the filmmaker responsible for designing and running the From Her Point of View training programme at Knowle West Media Centre (supported by funding from Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds). Her background is in feature film and shorts, from drama and documentary to corporate video and music promo. She has worked in a variety of roles over the last decade ranging from Producer/ Director to First AD.