Women Cinemakers can be, as well as against people of colour. Men get forgiven for repeat offending around morality in a way women rarely do. But it’s not just overt – it’s in the petty prejudices and put-downs that erode people’s self-worth. My work lies on the intersection of art and film, and I see commonalities with what I do with women and feminist film makers who tried to restructure and rethink what film does, can do, and how it might better reflect personal. But clearly supporting yourself financially is more difficult if you getting smaller audiences. Being different is never an easy life, and those who are different need to support each other in their diversity. Contemporary Art is a space where loud voices rise to the top, and women often don’t have that drive to hype themselves and overstate what they do. I’ve certainly had to learn not to justify my work, resist the need to explain it, or talk about it in an apologetic way, but to let it stand and accept what others say. I think this is where mutual support comes in, but as critical friends, not merely cheerleaders. So to go back to the original question, if women want a future, women will have to make things, do things, question things, be present wherever possible, and present alternatives to the status quo. And encourage diversity, the young and the different. And be positive. Thanks a lot for your time and for sharing your thoughts, Tizzy. Finally, would you like to tell us readers something about your future projects? How do you see your work evolving? I don’t know! Walter Murch said that film editing was the discovery of a path. As in writing, you don’t write what you know, you write to find out what you know. That’s what I’m doing. I never knew it was going to lead here, but I look forward to finding out where it will lead me in the future.
An interview by Francis Quettier and Dora Tennant