Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her.
We are pleased to welcome director Susanna White and screenwriter Steven Knight to Picturehouse Central for a post-screening Q&A.
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher and poet fed up with her career, her oblivious husband and teenage kids who largely ignore her. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated and tries to protect him from neglectful parents. She soon finds herself risking her career and family to nurture his talent.
This event is part of Birds' Eye View's Reclaim The Frame campaign to bring ever greater audiences to films by women to offer a wider perspective of the world.
There will be a post screening panel discussion hosted by Mia Bays who runs Birds' Eye View, the charitable pathfinder for films by women and network for those who make, show, release and watch them. She is an Oscar-winning producer of documentaries and fiction.
Panel speakers include Filmmaker, poet and director of Caramel Film Club; Be Manzini, Founder of Bechdel Test Fest; Corrina Antrobus and Dr Bonnie-Kate Dewar; Clinical Neuropsychologist.
You can also join us for a poetry workshop taking place in the Snug after the panel discussion.
Be Manzini will lead the workshop – she is a Southern African raised in London, and her writing practice spans poetry, theatre and journalism. She has worked with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hoxton Hall, Tamasha and Immediate Theatre to name a few, her writing appears in numerous printed anthologies and online publications. A workshop facilitator that specializes in creative writing and processes for empowerment; fittingly her former work has included being a Continuous Professional Development Co-ordinator for the Arts Council.
Her first film ‘This Is Not A Thank You’ was a poetry short nominated for an international award by ‘Shot from the Lip’ , a poetry film competition by the South Bank Centre and has been screened as part of the BFI Love Festival, by Apples and Snakes and Picture House cinemas and in various festivals here and abroad. She is also the Director of Caramel Film Club which is a platform that supports and screens the work of Black actors and directors, with whom Birds’ Eye View frequently collaborate.
In a world of flux and chaos, it is almost a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged.
In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest and parkland plus three swimming ponds. People swim in them all year round, whatever the weather, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable.
Capturing the beauty of the English seasons, co-directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith filmed the swimmers over 12 months as they laughed, sang, complained, ruminated, philosophised or simply sought respite from all that life threw at them.
18.30Ad and Trailer Free: No advertisements or trailers will play ahead of this screening. You are recommended to arrive promptly.
The Ponds Q&A: This special screening will be followed by a Live Q&A with directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith