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08 October 2008

Graduates' film entitled 'This is What a Feminist Looks Like' receives great praise.

Pictured, from left, are Ami, Sarah and Emma.Four graduates from the BA Screen Studies programme attended The Point of Feminism conference at the University of Reading where they delivered a paper and screened their film 'This Is What A Feminist Looks Like.'

The film, made by Ami Guest, Fran Gilbert, Sarah Holbrook, Emma Denby and Jo Bowers for their final year documentary module, challenges stereotypical images of feminists and features interviews with both men and women from across the country who are trying to achieve true equality for women.

The conference was attended by a roll-call of the leading female academics in feminism including Pamela Church-Gibson, Sue Thornham, Christine Geraghty and Pat Holland.

Ami, Fran, Sarah, Emma and Jo delivered the first paper of the day and, such was the interest in their film that the room was full beyond capacity. Following the screening they received a rapturous round of applause.

Throughout the rest of the event they were referred to as the 'highlight of the conference' and were approached by numerous delegates who wanted a copy of the film to use in their teaching and they also had invitations to speak at other universities. Many people from other university film and television departments commented on the high quality of the film.

Lecturer Claire Molloy commented: "The group were a credit to the University and to the Screen Studies degree - they delivered their paper with absolute authority and confidence and had a superb presentation to accompany it. Speaking to them afterwards, they all agreed that the presentations they did for their degree more than equipped them with the skills and confidence to deliver the paper. The handling of the Q&A afterwards was incredibly impressive and they dealt with questions with all the skill of professional academics.

"As we all know, it is very unusual for undergraduates or recent graduates to deliver a paper at a conference of this level and it is a reflection on the quality of the course that Ami, Fran, Sarah, Emma and Jo were able to do this."

Pictured, from left, are Ami, Sarah and Emma.

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