POW! Thanet, The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs and Wall of Sea have teamed up as part of this month’s POW! Festival.
The festival is this year marking the centenary since women over 30 gained the vote with a host of suffragette inspired events.
The teaming with The Palace and Wall of Sea has combined the cinema’s popular Sunday Silents with archive footage portraying the Suffragette movement.
“You have to make more noise than anybody else!” were the inspiring words of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst to the women whose actions were focused solely on getting public attention for the right of women to vote.
Cinema arrived in 1895 just as the campaign was gathering momentum and suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras.
To mark this moment in history POW! The Palace and Wall of Sea present Make More Noise, a unique opportunity to see a fascinating variety of short silent documentary and comedy films from the BFI National Archive. The footage shows how women were portrayed on the screen in the 1890s-1910s during the period when their battles were being fought on the streets. In addition, Lillian Henley will perform a specially commissioned score live on the piano.
The afternoon will conclude with a post- screening discussion featuring Corinna Downing, writer and BFI consultant; Lila Allen, documentary filmmaker and Lillian Henley, composer.
Make More Noise takes place on Sunday, March 11 at 4.30pm.
Before the Make More Noise programme, there is a special preview of four short documentaries made by young women from the East Kent Schools Together (EKST) as part of filmmaking workshop run by producer/director Lila Allen.