52 Films By Women 2018 ~ January, February & March

Last year I wrote about how I was trying to watch 52 films by women in 2017. I didn’t manage 52; I didn’t even manage half, finishing on 23 films that were either directed or written by women. That’s disappointing, not only because I didn’t manage to complete my goal, but also given that I watched 89 new-to-me films last year (which are the only ones I’m counting), really highlights the lack of opportunities women are given as opposed to men.

But I’m trying again in 2018, and this year, I’m even more determined to do it. Here’s what I managed in the first three months of the year.

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Their Finest – Directed by Lone Scherfig, written by Gaby Chiappe

The Greatest Showman – Co-written by Jenny Bicks

Unexpected – Directed and written by Kris Swanberg

The Post – Co-written by Liz Hannah

Blackfish – Directed and written by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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The Big Sick – Co-written by Emily V. Gordon

Lady Bird – Directed and written by Greta Gerwig

Morvern Callar – Directed by Lynne Ramsey, written by Liana Dognini and Lynne Ramsey

My Feral Heart – Directed by Jane Gull

Montana – Written and directed by Limor Shmila

I’m really pleased with this run – I’m not exactly on track for 52 at the moment, but I’m getting there, and I’m just happy that I’m forcing myself to find more films that have women behind the scenes. Send me any recommendations you have for female-directed or written films!

Photo an Hour #48 ~ July 2017

We did Photo an Hour on 15th July, and there’s a couple of classic Jane’s-doing-photo-an-hour photos in here! We have Wittertainment, public transport, books, and a wing mirror shot. (Oh, and a whole bunch of missing hours.) The only thing missing is Pointless Celebrities!

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8am ~ Up nice and early to get into town, and of course, as is standard for a Saturday morning, catching up on the Wittertainment podcast from the day before.

9am ~ Waiting for an appointment.

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10am ~ Still waiting!

11am ~ There’s a really good charity bookshop in Colchester, and I have to avoid it like the plague if I’m trying to limit the amount of books I am trying to buy. Otherwise this kind of thing happens.

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12pm ~ Is there anything more boring than a photo of a bus?

3pm ~ After a few missing hours of travelling, I was at my nephew’s birthday party, watching him delight in his new Stretch Armstrong.

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4pm ~ A wing mirror shot! What else can you take a photo of when you’re in the car, seriously?

5pm ~ We were on our way to Stratford for an evening of para athletics at London 2017, where we saw Richard Whitehead storm to victory. It was a great evening!

That’s the end of the photos, because although I took a fair amount at the athletics, they weren’t strictly part of Photo an Hour.

In case you’d like to play next time around, April’s day is set for 28th April. It’s really easy to join in, just take a photo each hour and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag, or save them for a blog post (or do both, like I try and fail to do in a timely manner). More details can be found here.

Three Reasons to listen to Casefile

 

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I’m a true crime/murder podcast nut. Seriously; I already listen to many, many podcasts on the subject, but I am always looking for another one to add to my ever-growing library on my phone.

Casefile is a true-crime podcast whose tagline is ‘Fact is scarier than fiction’. There’s currently an archive of over 70 episodes, all of which take a look at a different crime. Here are three reasons why you should listen to Casefile.

  • The cases are incredibly interesting, and where it’s an Australian production, many of them are ones that are not quite as famous as their American or British counterparts. Not all the episodes focus on Australian cases, but many do, and even the ones that feature crimes from outside of Australia, tend to be less famous. When you listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, you tend to hear the same cases crop up over and over, but that always feels less likely with Casefile.
  • The host has a great voice. He’s Australian, and committed to remaining anonymous, so we know him as the host, and that’s it. He might be discussing the most awful crimes that humans have ever perpetrated, but there’s something slightly soothing about his voice, so you may find yourself falling asleep and having horrific dreams.
  • There are plenty of true crime podcasts out there that combine crime and comedy (My Favorite Murder, All Killa No Filla, Last Podcast on the Left, S’Laughter), and they are (mostly) a lot of fun, but that’s not what Casefile sets out to do. It deals solely with the facts, even interspersing the highly researched script with the actual emergency phone calls and interview audio recordings from time to time.

My favourite episodes: Case 18 – The North Hollywood Shootout; Case 42 – Sherri Rasmussen; Case 49 – The Moors Murders (three parts); Case 50 – Jennifer Pan. Check out all Casefile episodes on their website, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Three Reasons… is an ongoing series.

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A semi-regular series in which I share a fact or three about myself.

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Me, circa 1984

I’m one of six children; chronologically I come fifth, though intellectually, I’m obviously at the top. (Just kidding, any siblings who might be reading this.) We’re three boys and three girls, and that many siblings mean that I’m an aunt many times over (five nieces, five nephews, a great-niece, two step-nephews, a step-niece, and a step-great-niece). I love being part of a big family, and I can’t imagine it any other way.

I once made the statement: “I never wear lipstick.” (It was swiftly followed by “Sometimes I wear lipstick,” which has gone on to become one of those things that my friends repeat with much hilarity due to how overwhelmingly ridiculous it is.) Pretty much since that day, I’ve found that wearing lipstick is a really good way to lift my confidence. This is not news; it’s been the way of the world for many years, but it took me a while to cotton on. Now, you can usually find at least two lipsticks in any bag I own, and I’ve bought the same MUA colour about sixteen times (without using any up first).

I really like my name. I never, ever find it on personalised things like bookmarks or pencil cases, but I’m mostly OK with that. I like that it’s a bit of an old lady name because it means that I rarely meet people of my own age with the same name. I like that it’s one syllable because it can’t be shortened but it can be lengthened. I’ve been known as Janey and Janus in the past, though mostly now I am just Jane.

Photo an Hour #47 ~ June 2017

Last June’s Photo an Hour day fell on the 18th, a day when I was travelling back to my home town to stay at my sister’s house. We’ve had nine Photos-an-Hour since then, so it seems mildly ridiculous to both to round it up now, but I’m going to.

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9am ~ Starting things off in the most interesting way possible, with a photo of my washing. I miss being able to hang things on the line – I need warmer weather!

10am ~ The Instagram caption on this was ‘Shopping for gifts’, and I couldn’t remember who I was shopping for, given that I am always giving people presents months after their actual birthday. But it turns out that this was actually for my nephew who’d had a birthday a mere 12 days earlier.

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11am ~ On the bus. Instagram leads me to believe that it was a very hot day.

1pm ~ Choosing a sandwich and lamenting the lack of options without tomatoes.

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2pm ~ Shopping with my sister and brother-in-law. Or watching them shop. There’s something about the time that I spend with them that always makes me feel like a child, and I don’t know why really. Sarah is only fourteen years older than me, but I just think I’ve known them both as parents for so long, that they often feel parental to me, especially when we are out

4pm ~ Sitting in my sister’s garden; while she enjoys the sun, I have to sit under a parasol otherwise I’m a lobster within minutes.

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5pm ~ My nephew got home from work and stripped down to his underwear immediately.

6pm ~ I popped to see my great-niece and watched her making her granddad read her a story.

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7pm ~ Salad for dinner, because cooking in that heat (or expecting someone else to do it) is just unnecessary.

And that’s another Photo an Hour day rounded up!  I don’t know how I get so behind, it really doesn’t take very long, and I do so love looking back on them. In case you’d like to play next time around, March day is set for Saturday 24th March. It’s really easy to join in, just take a photo each hour and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag, or save them for a blog post (or do both, like I try and fail to do in a timely manner). More details can be found here.