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May 16, 2022

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  a life and death tale of farmers, fertilisers and fairies, with a Shakespearean twist What an honour that on 29 April Sherman Theatre Cardiff staged a script-in-hand performance of my play Damselfly about water pollution and the loss of precious wildlife, through one Welsh woman’s fight to halt a polluting intensive chicken farm, with help from natural and supernatural forces. There was a heart-warming response from the audience both during the performance and at the Q+A afterwards. Huge thanks to director Bethan Morgan, and actors Ellen Jane Thomas, Tom Mumford, and Lisa Zahra, for taking the play from page to stage. Especial thanks to Branwen Davies and the Sherman Literary Department for believing in me and my work.

March 27, 2022

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    We are not numbers by Salma Yusuf My friend Salma wrote this brilliant poem and read it at the UEA Ukraine fundraiser where my play was performed last Thursday.  

March 22, 2022

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What is the use of writing a play in response to the war? Well, it allowed me to deal with some of the overwhelming sense of grief and impotence, and it will be performed as part of a fundraiser for Ukraine at UEA where I’m currently studying. It won’t help to stop the war, but it’s the infinitesimally small positive thing I can do at the moment. I remember fondly my visit to Kyiv four years ago, and I’ve been sustained by conversations with my Russian daughter-in-law Yulia Makarova. I hope that the play honours my love for Yulia, my sorrow for the truth-starved Russian people, and my admiration for the courageous people of Ukraine. THREE MOTHERS IN MARCH 2022  a short play by Deborah Perkin  performed by Lynne Pearson...

December 6, 2020

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Wednesday 9 December on BBC4  23.00 (11pm) The Man was Flinders Petrie, an eccentric Brit who set off to measure the Egyptian pyramids, and went on to establish the theory and practice of modern archaeology. Clips available here  Presenter Chris Naunton, Exec Producer Christina Macauley, and none of us can remember how many times this 2012 documentary has been repeated. We think it’s around 40 – well I guess the BBC schedulers must think it’s worth another airing!

November 25, 2019

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// Someone just sent me this link to post screening Q+A back in 2014 – I didn’t realise it was online – thanks!  

April 11, 2019

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I am currently working with my old friend and BBC mentor Angela Holdsworth, on a collection of video biographies of women lawyers. The First Hundred Years project celebrates the centenary of women entering the legal profession in 1919, following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. It’s been a great pleasure to interview some of the most impressive women in the law today. The videos will be available on the London School of Economics Library website from March 2020.

March 27, 2015

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Delighted to report that Bastards  has been selected by two Turkish women’s film festivals, the International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels, and the Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in Ankara in May. Filmmor started 12 years ago “by women and for women” with the words “women make movies”, sets out on its journey for the 13th time on the 13th of March, Friday, in Istanbul. “Women’s Cinema, Women’s Resistance, Cinema of Resistance” will be on screen in 6 cities until the 27th of April. See its website Focusing on the theme “Women’s Cinema, Women’s Resistance, Cinema of Resistance” this year, International Filmmor  Women’s Film Festival on Wheels will kick off on the 13th of March, Friday, in Istanbul. The festival will take place in Istanbul between March 13-22,...

March 2, 2015

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Bastards continues to enjoy screenings in the UK and around the world. Two screenings on International Women’s Day, and more coming up …. Sunday 8 March     Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, UK Sunday 8 March     Arab Women’s Film Festival in The Hague, Holland Thursday 12 March    Pembrokeshire Women’s Festival in Haverfordwest, UK Wednesday 25 March   Salisbury Arts Centre, in conjunction with Amensty International May date TBC     Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey If you haven’t yet seen Mark Kermode’s review on BBC Radio 5 Live, do take a look here. He says it’s “more tense, more gripping than many films in mainstream cinemas out now”. Let me know what you think, and remember that in the UK anyone can watch it anytime on iTunes or Amazon Instant. All festival selections and...

September 11, 2014

On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 it’s a good moment to report on the interfaith haven that is the International Festival of Muslim Cinema, taking place now in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Whatever the fearsome history of the Tatars (whom we know as the bloodthirsty Tartars) their republic is now a peaceful place with a population half and half Muslim and Christian. I have just returned from Kazan where my feature documentary “Bastards”, about illegitimate children in Morocco, is the only British film at the festival. Nearly 60 films are being screened from 57 countries including Iraq, Bahrain, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Malaysia, Latvia, Brazil, Germany, and Russia (Crimea), but the dominant country is Iran, where cinema is clearly flourishing. There are documentaries about a female...

July 6, 2014

It was a great honour for my film Bastards to be selected to open Morocco’s international documentary festival Fidadoc in April. Lamia Faridi, the heroic lawyer who features in the film, came with me to the screening in front ot the French Consul, the Mayor of Agadir, filmmakers from all over the world, and the Moroccan public. So that was the red carpet moment, but what I enjoyed most was showing the film to an audience of very ordinary women in a small village outside Agadir. They were stunned to see someone like themselves fighting through the Moroccan family courts, and there were tears and whoops of joy at the Q+A afterwards. One woman rushed up and kissed me on the lips at the point in the film where my...