Girls On Film

Ep 94: Sarah Solemani on sexism, sisterhood and sex workers’ rights + an LFF overview

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Sarah Solemani joins Girls On Film to talk to us about Ridley Road, which she wrote. She shares with us how she becomes inspired by projects, and her hope that Ridley Road will "help Britain to see itself". We hear Sarah’s insightful analysis about the need for increased sex workers’ rights, and how her activism has influenced her creative work. Sarah also talks about the psychology of being on set, where the need to be uninhibited can leave one vulnerable. She explains how glad she is to have the structures and support systems in place that have derived from #MeToo, as well as her experience of sisterhood among cast and crew members that has developed in recent years. Top critics Leslie Felperin and Beth Webb join Anna for an overview of the London Film Festival, followed by reviews of two very different new female-directed releases: I Am Belmaya and Never Gonna Snow Again. They discuss a breadth of topics from the joy of seeing a film about female empowerment through filmmaking, to the subtleties of satire and varied portrayals of motherhood. Other film and TV mentions include: The Harder They Fall(in cinemas on the 22nd of October and on Netflix from the 3rd of November), C’mon C’mon, The Lost Daughter, Bridget Jones’s Baby and How to Build A Girl. Ridley Road is out now on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: Follow us on socials: Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. This episode was produced in partnership with Rémy Martin. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Interns: Rosa Herxheimer and Shanaiya Pithiya.