The Phoenix Cinema is celebrating International Women’s Day

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The Phoenix Cinema is celebrating International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March) with a whole week of films featuring strong women and the premiere of a brand new animation telling the story of the Orcadian Women’s Suffrage Society.

A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm has been researched and scripted by Fiona Grahame, with animation by Martin Laird. The narration by Orcadian Kim Foden is upbeat and enthusiastic, and original score by James Watson sets the perfect tempo for the flow of the animation. The short film will be screening in the Phoenix from 5-11th March and be shown before the multi award-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me?, directed by Marielle Heller and starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant; Destroyer directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Nicole Kidman; our 40th Anniversary screening of cult classic Alien (1979) starring female icon Sigourney Weaver; and the action-packed Alita: Battle Angel, which stars Rosa Salazar as a female cyborg trying to find her identity.

Campaigning for women to have the right to vote took place from the latter half of the 19th Century up to the start of the First World War. Orcadian suffragists were part of that activism, and A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm tells their story. The animation is stylised to make some reference to the world of 20th century art. The artist Stanley Cursiter was associated with the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society, having designed its banner and married one of its members Phyllis Hourston. The design of characters and locations was derived from period photos.

Animator Martin Laird commented: “It was a lot of fun to work with Fiona on bringing the story of the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society to life through animation. I hope people enjoy seeing it on the big screen at Picky, and am especially happy it is being paired with one of my favourite films (Alien)!”

The animated film was made possible with an award from the Scottish Government’s Centenary Fund, which supported projects celebrating 100 years of some women gaining the right to vote.

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