I’m on two panels at the BFI’s Woman with a Movie Camera fest (now available globally!)

UPDATE! The Woman with a Movie Camera summit has been un-geolocked — it’s now available everywhere on the planet! But you must buy your ticket by 5pm UK time on Friday to attend over the weekend.

Access to the entire summit is only £5 (£3 for BFI members). Cheap!

In addition to the two prerecorded panels I’ll appear on, I will pop into the live Zoom socials on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Please join us!


I am delighted to announce that I will be speaking on two (virtual) panels at Woman with a Movie Camera Summit 2021, hosted by the British Film Institute. The event takes place online next weekend, July 17th–18th.

My panels are:

The Rise and Fall of the Girl Boss
Available from 12:00 Saturday 17 July


A panel of culture writers and film critics dissect the rise and fall of Girl Boss, from her shiny pop-feminist origins to her current status as the cultural archetype everyone loves to hate. The panel will get into the issues of girlboss feminism and also explore her recent iterations in film and television, including films like I Care a Lot and Cruella.

Host: Beth Webb
Panellists: MaryAnn Johanson, Leila Latif and Ashanti Omkar

[ETA: watch on YouTube]

And:

Behind the Bylines: Times Up UK Critics Roundtable
Available from 17:00 Saturday 17 July


Six UK film critics come together to discuss the professional and personal experiences of being a female critic in a still very male dominated field. Exploring topics such as: what criticism means to me; how much is a fair wage? What is the female gaze? And Twitter bio vs Reality, the roundtable will offer a vital insight into this side of the industry.

Panellists: Hanna Flint, Sophie Monks Kaufman, Nikki Baughan, MaryAnn Johanson, Fatima Sheriff and Rose Dymock.

We recorded both panels this past week, and they went great. I hope you’ll tune in for them.

Access to the entire summit is only £5 (£3 for BFI members). Get more information and purchase tickets here. I’m told that the summit will be available only to those in the UK (though VPNs are a thing *nudge nudge*), but that the panels may eventually get posted to the BFI’s YouTube channel and viewable more widely. If/when that happens, I will be sure to let you know.

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Steve Gagen
Steve Gagen
Sun, Jul 11, 2021 2:44am

Would love to see the discussions. The BFI is a total PITA when it comes to geoblockung stuff though. I used to be a member, but can never view anything outside the UK. I can sometimes get the VPN to work when accessing BFI stuff, but mostly it doesn’t.
Honestly this geoblockung thing is enough to turn an honest man into a pirate!

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Steve Gagen
Sun, Jul 11, 2021 12:26pm

Ah, that’s a shame.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Steve Gagen
Wed, Jul 14, 2021 1:25pm

They’ve now made the summit available everywhere.