As part of the our Reclaim The Night issue, we at the film section wanted to foreground the wealth of feminist figures, films and messages that have been integral to the cinema we now know and love. Where better than to start with the very first female filmmakers: Alice Guy-Blache and Lois Weber. Finding themselves in the midst of the industry, right at the start of when films were just beginning to be made, their contributions cannot be underestimated, laying the foundations for future female directors.

Alice Guy-Blache worked for Gaumont Film Company, which was founded in 1895 by
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