A Gude Cause maks a Strong Erm, the animated story of the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society, continues it’s run at film festivals across the UK, and is also playing in Paris this week.
The Paris International Animation Film Festival (PIAFF!) runs from the 17th to the 23rd of September. A full programme of events is available on the PIAFF website, with regular updates on Facebook. A Gude Cause maks a Strong Erm has been chosen by festival president Sylvie Dimet for her personal “coups de coeur” selection.
The Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF) takes place at the Depot cinema in Lewes, Sussex, and seeks to showcase the work of women over fifty, both on screen and behind the camera. It begins on Friday 20th September with “Free Friday”, which features events particularly for elderly women (over 60) in Lewes and the surrounding areas who may find it hard to be social and out in the world. Carers attend for free as well. The main festival is on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September.
A trailer for the film festival can be seen on YouTube:
The World of Film International Festival Glasgow runs from the 3rd to 6th of October 2019, at Film City Glasgow. The focus of this festival is independent and first-time film-makers from around the world, and there is an emphasis this year on the female perspective. Further details are on the WOFF website and facebook page.
The story of the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society
A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm, the animated story of the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society, as told by The Orkney News is now available to watch online on YouTube, and also via the open-source peer-to-peer PeerTube network:
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.
Researched and scripted by Fiona Grahame, the hand-painted animation by Martin Laird 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 Phyllis Hourston, one of its members. The design of characters and locations was derived from period photos.
The narration by Orcadian Kim Foden is upbeat and enthusiastic. The original score by James Watson sets the perfect tempo for the flow of the animation.
Thank you to the staff at the Phoenix Cinema at the Pickaquoy Centre, who made it possible for A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm to premiere on the big screen in Kirkwall. It was shown alongside a week of films celebrating women in cinema, to coincide with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2019.
In December, production artwork for an upcoming animation will be on display at the Northlight Gallery in Stromness. This work was created for a short film from The Orkney News called A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm. Researched and written by Fiona Grahame, it tells the largely forgotten story of the Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society. The project received funding from the Scottish Government’s Centenary Fund celebrating 100 years of women having the vote.
The Orcadian Woman’s Suffrage Society was a peaceful, non-party political organisation, open to both men and women. The title of the animation, A Gude Cause Maks A StrongErm, comes from one of the banner slogans which the Suffragists used on marches.
This exhibition is taking place in association with St. Andrew’s Fair Saturday. Fair Saturday falls on the last Saturday of November (following the consumerist Black Friday). A wide variety of events in support of positive social change are taking place across the globe. The events calendar can be viewed on the Fair Saturday website (link).