I am very pleased to announce that on Monday May 28th I will be running my first ever symposium at DeMontfort University.
It seems odd to me that having organised and been part of so many public events over the years, I haven’t yet organised a conference or symposium.
The idea for this event came a couple of months ago when myself, Alissa Clarke and Laraine Porter were asked by PhD candidate Becky Jones to be part of a panel discussion around the treatment of older women in Hollywood following a screening of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – a film about the final years of Hollywood vamp Gloria Grahame at the Phoenix cinema in Leicester.
We had a lot to say but understandably, only a small time in which to say it. We all remarked on this and also on how unusual it was to be part of an all female panel. As we gathered in the cafe bar afterwards, to continue the discussion, we drifted onto other issues women in Hollywood have had and still do encounter when trying to get on. The #MeToo movement and the Weinstein allegations were only the tip of the iceberg. There were so many historical precedents.
The seed was sewn. We needed a day long event at least to discuss these issues. Vicky Ball also came on board and Women in Hollywood was born.