Mildred Pierce

Dir: Tony Curtiz
Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott
111mins   1945   US   PG   English   

Screened as part of International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, join us for a special talk and screening to celebrate the 75th anniversary of classic film noir Mildred Pierce (1945). After Mildred's second husband is murdered, flashbacks reveal the events leading up to his death. A doting mother, Mildred rises from waitress to restaurant-chain owner, but her spoiled daughter's selfishness results in heartbreak.

The screening will be preceded by a talk with Helen Jacey on the representation of noir female protagonists in the 1940s and what the genre offers today's audiences. Helen is passionate about the 1940s, vintage fashion and crime noir - but with a distinctly female gaze. She is the creator of the first ever intersectional feminist 1940s female detective series Elvira Slate Investigations. Her seminal book on screenwriting  The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. As a pioneer on screenwriting and feminism, she has worked extensively with the international film industry to improve female representation in front of and behind the camera.

After the screening, there will be a book signing of Helen Jacey's novel 'Chipped Pearls: Elvira Slate Investigations Book 2'.For more information please visit


Sun 8 March