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Inspiring Women will be out in force at Northampton Film Festival in March

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, the Northampton Film Festival (NFF) has joined forces with Delapré Abbey to celebrate Inspiring Women – both as filmmakers and the characters portrayed on screen – with a selection of short films which give voice to the joys and sorrows, challenges and achievements, fears and fearlessness of everyday women, providing inspiration for a new generation.

 The films will be screened as part of NFF’s day of ‘Inspiring Women’ on  Saturday 9 March 2024, with a pop-up cinema at Delapré Abbey from 2pm and the red-carpet Opening Gala for the festival from 6.30pm.

 According to Becky Carrier, Festival Director: “Delapre was the perfect choice for this event as in the 1950s, it was saved from demolition and for the public good by a formidable woman –  historian and activist Joan Wake. It’s also been part of so much of Northampton’s heritage, making it a brilliant example of the impact of inspirational women and of Northampton  as a place of Rebels and Revolutionaries, Misfits and Mavericks, Creatives and Changemakers.”

 On the day, the public can watch films ranging from Dramas, Comedies and Documentaries to Music videos, Experimental and Dance films, from 2pm – 5.30pm.

 Films screening at the Opening Gala  between 6.30pm – 9.30pm, will include:

 ‘SAFE’  – a Midlands-made short film from Director Debbie Howard and Producer Rachel Robey that won Best Director and Best Screenplay at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival. As an actor, screenwriter and award-winning  director. Debbie Howard champions other women in the film industry and uses film as a vehicle for amplifying women’s voices. In SAFE, she examines the danger women face in public spaces, even when no specific crime is committed.

 ‘Supervision’ is actor Sophie Colquhoun’s directorial debut. More known for her on-screen roles in ‘Captain America’, ‘Plebs’, ‘The Royals’, ‘Blandings’ and ‘Some Girls’, this experimental film tackles the seldom discussed impact of a mother’s psychological abuse on her child Bea who, isolated and emotionally fragile, is determined not to turn into her mother.

 ‘Fifty-Four Days’ from Directors Cat White and Phoebe Torrance, and starring Cat and Celia Imrie (the Bridget Jones film series, Calendar Girls, Nanny McPhee, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), the film centres on a spirited young woman struck by a family tragedy who turns to wild swimming in search of answers. By swimming each day at dawn and forming an unlikely friendship, she learns to accept her grief and the grief of those around her.  Hailing from Northampton, Cat White is also a gender advisor to the UN and founder of the award-winning Kusini Productions, a company established to champion the voices of Black women. She has been honoured as a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2022, longlisted for AllBright’s ‘Innovative Trailblazer Award’ and is a BAFTA connect member.

 There are a number of free screenings as part of the festival, with tickets for the Delapre Abbey events starting at £5 each (plus booking fee).  There are also All Access passes for £35 giving access to 14 events across the festival, at locations around Northampton, including the Awards Ceremony at Cineworld Northampton. To see the full schedule, watch film trailers and book, visit: Schedule | Northampton Film Festival 2024 (