2016 events


Throughout 2016 we’ll be screening classic films by/about women over 50 in venues in Brighton and London with linked shorts from last year’s festival, as well as other events and screenings we think you’ll enjoy.

Here’s what we’ve been up to so far this year:

Thursday 23 June 2016 2.00 PM at BMECP centre, Brighton,  BN1 4ZE  
We’re screening Mavis! the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There” in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.


WOFFF is now a member of The New Black Film Collective, a network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers who host screenings that matter to local communities featuring international and domestic films of black representation.tnb_filmcollectiveIn May we met with the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) 50+ group at the Brighton BME Community Partnership (BMECP) and brainstormed what kind of films the group would like to see over the next six months of this project.

bme 50+ group brainstorm

We talked about silent films, foreign films, films with and without subtitles, about biographies and dramas, films you could learn something from and historical films. In the end the group thought our first film should be one that would appeal to the majority of the members. So on Thursday 26 May 2016 2.00 PM at BMECP centre, Brighton,  BN1 4ZE  
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is going to be our first screening.

Sunday 22 May 12 – 3 PM as part of Dementia Awareness Week we’re showing  films at Walthamstow Library, London, E17 7JN. This is a FREE event. 

To create this dementia-friendly screening, all the films we’re showing from last year’s festival will be under 10 minutes, the lights will stay on during the films and everyone will be free to come and go as they please throughout the screenings.

From our 2015 film festival we’ll be showing: A Box of Memories, Arty Anne, Ban an Farraige (Woman of the Sea), Cotton Club Dancers, E215,  Ella & the Blind Witch, Gerald’s Best Client, Invisible Skin, Lovely  Alice Poet,Mend and Make Do, My Inflatable Friend, Microscope, Necromance, Portrait of R.N., Sewing Solutions, Swimming Pool, The Campaigner, The ‘Making of’ Judge for Yourself and Working Metal.

We’re also be showing three other films of local interest: Walthamstow Pictorial a documentary made by Walthamstow Amateur Cine Video Club showing 50 years of E17  history from 1949, King Lear, a version of the Shakespearean tragedy set in a Walthamstow estate agents, and Diary Ivy about a young woman living and working in Walthamstow during World War Two.

Tuesday 26 April 2016 7.30 PM at Fabrica, Duke St, Brighton,  BN1 1AG                We’re screening The Second Mother,  by Anna Muylaerta, a Brazilian drama with warmth and humour at its heart which was released to both critical and widespread audience acclaim last year.

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Before this screening we’ll be showing a short film Arty Anne by Marcin Walczak which follows Edinburgh-based artist, Anne Dignan, who uses her experience of being visually impaired to make multi-sensory art.

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Thursday 31 March 7.30 PM at  Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow, east London
We’re launching a monthly pop-up cinema showing feature films by or about women over 50, along with a short film from our 2015 film festival.

For our first event we’re showing the Carol Morley film The Falling. A film Mark Kermode says is a tale of “fevered faints and shared rapture as strange and mysterious as the swooning sickness at the heart of its narrative.”

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Before that, we’ll be showing the short film Ella and The Blind Witch by Michael Cimpher.


Friday 26 Feb 6 PM at Stratford Library, London, E15 1EL
To celebrate LGBT History Month, Stratford and West Ham Neighborhood in association with The New Black Film Collective is screening Pride, followed by a Q&A event.

The Q&A is chaired by Women Over 50 Film Festival founder Nuala O’Sullivan. Speakers include: Lisa Power, Michael Smith and Ray Goodspeed (one of the original Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners).

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Thursday 25 Feb 10.30 AM at Picturehouse Duke of York’s Brighton
Silver Screen programme: Runner up Audience Choice Award 2015 Keeping Time, followed by Casablanca.

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Sunday 21 Feb 5.00 PM at Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, London, E17 9HQ
Screening our top 12 films from last year’s festival (as voted by industry expert judges and our festival audience). Mother’s Ruin was one of our key sponsors last year and this screening is in part to say a huge ‘thank you’ to her.

We’re screening:  Mend and Make Do, Home Movie, Gerald’s Best Client, Female Masculinity Appreciation, Portrait of R.N, The Polling Station, The Campaigner, Keeping Time, The Farmer’s Wife, Necromance, Sewing Solutions and Ella & The Blind Witch.

And there’ll be gin!


Thursday 18 Feb 10.30 AM at Picturehouse Duke of York’s Brighton
Silver Screen programme: Winner of best drama 2015, Sewing Solutions, followed by The Dressmaker. 

A still from Sewing Solutions a film by Marc Beidul

Tuesday 16 Feb 10.30 AM at Picturehouse Duke of York’s Brighton
Silver Screen programme: Winner of best animation 2015 Mend & Make Do, followed by The Dressmaker.

Make And Mend Do

Thursday 11 Feb 10.30 AM at Picturehouse Duke of York’s Brighton
Silver Screen programme: Winner of best documentary and Audience Choice Award 2015, Home Movie, followed by My Nazi Legacy.

Home Movie

Sunday 1 Feb 9 PM at Dukes at Komedia Brighton
The prize-winning short at our 2015 festival, Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, followed by the lesbian love story, Cloudburst – a funny, romantic road movie. WOFFF is collaborating with the queer cinema group Eyes Wide Open to bring you this film.