Equation’s award-winning Reel Equality Film Club shows great movies that tell women-centred stories and challenge gender stereotypes. Join our campaign for better representation of women on screen and sign up to our newsletter below to hear about the next screening.
About our film programme
We choose a wide range of entertaining films that tell women’s stories and do not stereotype or objectify women. We aim to represent the diversity of human experience and avoid films that further prejudice of any kind. Films are open to interpretation, so we cannot guarantee that everyone will find our film choices unproblematic or feminist from every angle. We always welcome constructive feedback.
Reel Equality and The Screen at Nottingham Contemporary present an evening celebrating women in film and Halloween with a screening of Lady Macbeth as part of Nottingham Contemporary’s ‘Funny Girl!‘ season. The film will be followed by talks from Christina Marie Newland, Dr. Fran Walsh and guest (TBC).
Join us for a screening of Lady Macbeth. Get tickets now for our Halloween special. This film tells a woman’s story about overcoming oppression in the 19th century by using extreme actions.. Lady Macbeth is married off to a stranger in 19th Century Northern England. She begins to rebel against her confinement engaging in pleasure, an affair and murder.
Journalist, Christina Marie Newland will lead post film discussion with Clinical Psychologist Dr Fran Walsh and guest.
Remember it’s Halloween!! We encourage fancy dress with a Gothic theme.
The Divine Order
Set in the Swiss countryside, Nora, a housewife and mother, previously unaffected by the social upheaval of the 60s, finds her own empowerment to campaign publicly for women’s right to vote. She not only stands up for what she believes in, but incites a momentum gaining movement much to the aghast of the male community, including her own male-dominated family.
This event celebrates and examines the challenges of women’s full and equal involvement in the democratic process, from women’s liberation and protest movements of the 1960s, up to and including the present day.
Come along to the Canalhouse to celebrate women’s rights in great company, with a free slice of pizza and popcorn, enjoy the sounds of musicians’ Protest Songs, and a thought provoking panel discussing the current democratic process and its challenges for women. As well as the movie of course!
Joanne Ratcliffe Nottingham Women’s Centre
Val Wood Nottingham Women’s History Group
Teresa Forde, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Derby
Zaynab Ashgar, Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network
Jasmin Issaka Music will entertain you with some protest songs when you arrive at 6:30pm.
Reel Equality members receive concession rate tickets for this screening, please contact us if you would like to join ahead of buying a ticket.
This event is made possible by support from the University of Nottingham’s Uprising: Spirit of 68 project, Film Hub
Midlands and Centenary Cities.
Tickets are being offered on a pay-as-you-can basis. Please select the ticket price that you can afford. There are also a limited number of free tickets available for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be issued one.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Reel Equality and The Screen at Nottingham Contemporary present an evening exploring positive female sexual expression and identity through film, music, talks, diaries and a live comics wall.
Join us for a screening of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, introduced by feminist philosopher Katharine Jenkins from the University of Nottingham. Set in 1970s San Francisco, the film follows our 15-year-old heroine Minnie. Through her diary she chronicles her socially defying sexual exploits, creativity and attitude with humour, boldness and honesty.
After the film, comic artist Jade Sarson (For the Love of God, Marie!) will invite you to add to a comic collaboration “for all the girls when they are grown.. advice to our younger selves” with tunes from DJ Stiff Kittens.
Email your own words of advice to your younger self to email@example.com and they will be displayed and used for the comic wall.
This event is supported by funds from the University of Nottingham and the National Lottery, led by Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI UK Film Audience Network
Mamma Mia 2 Opening Night Party
Reel Equality Film Club joins femme-tastic DJs Fan Club Notts to celebrate the release of the fun Mamma Mia sequel at Broadway Cinema’s opening night party.
Seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy, Sophie finds out more about her mother’s past and how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE, this highly-anticipated sequel sees the return of the original cast and some new additions too including Lily James, Jeremy Irvine and Cher. Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again!
Join us for sweeties and free glitter services for those that want to get into the party spirit. To celebrate and support the forthcoming Nottingham Pride parade, we’ll be raising awareness about representation of LGBT women in film and offering free rainbow cake pops for those going to the 20.30 screening.
Fancy dress strongly encouraged 😉
Battle of the Sexes
Reel Equality Film Club presents Battle of the Sexes (12a): Film, Fizz and Strawberries
An exhilarating and entertaining tale based on the famous 1973 tennis match between women’s world #1 Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champ and self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs. The showdown had a major impact on sports politics that resonated far beyond the tennis court, and this fun but politically acute film is still relevant today. With mesmerizing star performances from Emma Stone and Steve Carell and a screenplay brought to you by the creators of Little Miss Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire.
“a seductively enjoyable, smart and well-acted film based on the most deadly serious sporting contest of modern times” **** – Mark Kermode, The Guardian
To celebrate midsummer and the start of Wimbledon season, enjoy a free glass of prosecco and punnet of strawberries before the film, which will be introduced by local champions of This Girl Can and with a free summer-themed prize draw!
Reel Equality members receive an exclusive discount for this screening. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Zootropolis: Free Family Screening
Join Equation’s Reel Equality Film Club for a *free* weekend family film screening.
Disney’s smash hit animation Zootropolis is set in the chaos of an urban jungle, where all kind of animals live and work together – from the biggest elephant to the tiniest hamster. In this hilarious story, we follow the adventures of determined new bunny police officer Judy Hopps and a wiley con artist fox, as they try to uncover a secret plot. This uplifting tale is full of excitement and stunning visuals, making it a top-quality treat for adults and children alike.
With free popcorn and (sugar-free!) squash. Craft and colouring activities to keep the little ones (aged 5+) entertained before and during the screening.
No need to book – just show up! First come, first served. Free to residents of St Ann’s and surrounding areas. Reel Equality Film Club is open to all.
Brought to you by Equation in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes.
Moana: Free Family Screening
Reel Equality Film Club presents a *free* family afternoon screening of Disney’s smash hit Moana (PG). In this stunning animated adventure, we follow a brave teenager who sails off on a daring journey to save her people. Full of laughs, catchy songs, excitement and incredible visuals, this is a top-quality half-term treat for adults and children alike.
Enjoy free popcorn and squash. Wordsearch and colouring activities available to keep the littlest ones entertained.
No need to book – just show up! Free to residents of St Ann’s and surrounding areas. Reel Equality Film Club is open to all.
Julieta + Summer Party
The next Reel Equality screening is Pedro Almodóvar’s stunning film ‘Julieta’; a tender melodrama based on three Alice Munro short stories.
Join us on 13th July at the Savoy Cinema, followed by a post-film Summer party at Crocus Cafe with veggie tapas!
Julieta is getting ready to leave Spain behind and start a new chapter with her partner. Her plans are put on hold when, after a chance encounter, she hears news of her long-lost daughter, triggering a painful reminiscence of the tragic and life-defining moments of her past and renewing her hopes of reunion.
A vibrant, vivid depiction of the world of women, going deep into their interior lives, that explores the mystery of memory and the often unendurable power of love.
‘Told in flashback over 30 years of guilt and grief, this tender melodrama based on three Alice Munro short stories is Pedro Almodóvar’s best film in a decade’ ★★★★★ Mark Kermode for The Guardian
Join us after the film for a delicious tapas dinner and Summer party at Lenton’s hidden gem, the Crocus Cafe. Bargain combo film + feast tickets available! There will be sangria and fruit punch, a piñata, Latin music and much fun!
Book your tickets via Eventbrite now.
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Sexism in the film industry
The film industry grossly under-represents women by creating too many movies that focus on men and side-line women from the plot. When female characters are present, too often they are written as limiting stereotypes. This sexist imbalance stifles women’s stories and reinforces damaging beliefs about the lesser value of women.
We’ve done the research about gender inequality in film so you don’t have to.
Sexism in the film industry
Not convinced that gender inequality in film is really that bad? Check out these handful of statistics (sources available to download as a PDF):
-Less than 1 in 4 Hollywood films have a woman in the lead role
-In the Oscars’ first 50 years, only 4 of the films awarded Best Picture had women-centered stories
-Men are nearly 3 times more likely than women to be portrayed as leaders
-Women consistently make up only a third of the speaking roles in popular films
-Women are 5 times more likely than men to be shown partially naked or in revealing/sexy clothing
-Only 3% of widely released films star a woman of colour
-73% of all female characters are Caucasian, followed by African American (14%), Latina (5%), Asian (3%), other worldly (3%), and other (2%)
-There are 5 males to every 1 female behind the camera
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Reel Equality’s fantastic £10 annual membership gives you
- Free Equallipops: cool sweeties at each event
- Discounted tickets to every screening
- Monthly members’ raffle: stand a chance to win 2 tickets to our next screening
- A contribution to Equation’s free community screening in an inner-city area
- A contribution to Equation’s work promoting equal relationships, free from abuse
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