A Treatment of Women

A Treatment of Women presents four female character narratives developed from the stories, myths, whispers, broken memories and forgotten social histories of Durham Castle. Combining contemporary fictional characters with re-imagined historical figures, the four channel film installation was displayed on various screens and sculptures throughout the Castle. The dialogue within each film is a jumbled narration of  film treatment, character profiles, stage directions and in-script dialogue, as well as personal reflections from myself (as a female maker) as to how well I can relate these characters to myself. The individual character treatments were later adapted into a longer film, Messages from the Mouth, which tells the story of a variety of characters attempting to navigate the issues that derail them as contemporary makers or performers. Within this narrative, I was particularly interested in exploring the issues that seem to derail young female characters, as Durham Castle itself has been host to male students since 1837, yet has only permitted female students since 1987. Click on the characters below to see the individual films. 

Footage shot by Adam Goodwin. 

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Cleis

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Veronica

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Hazel

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Sappho 

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