Films, female identity and domestic space

Film Season

A season of film screenings and installations in iconic architectural landmarks, dedicated to exploring space, identity and domesticity, from a feminist perspective.

Thresholds is thrilled to announce its full programme! Join us for a day of free screenings throughout Pullman Court on Sunday 23rd September, 10:00-17:00, followed by a special, one-day event at the Geffrye Museum on Saturday 29th September, 13:30-20:30.

The season aims to re-frame and foster and understanding of how architectural spaces develop, project and limit an individual’s potential and identity. Drawing attention to domestic concerns that are often overlooked or taken for granted, the films, in combination with the venues, will foreground spaces that have historically been dismissed as female; reclaiming the once-erased labour of the home, and celebrating women’s agency.

Curated by Jade Turner
MA Student in Film Studies, Programming and Curation
at the National Film and Television School

Film Programme

Pullman Court

As part of the Open House Weekend 2018, the modernist, Grade II* residential estate will host a compelling installation of innovative female filmmakers’ short films and moving image works.

Image Courtesy of Martha Rosler and LUX, London

Semiotics of the Kitchen

(Martha Rosler, 1975)

The renowned feminist parody, exploring the rage of oppressive women's roles through the language of a 1960s cooking show.

Pullman Court

Image Courtesy of Clio Barnard and LUX, London

The Limits of Vision - Part Two: Dirt and Science

(Clio Barnard, 1988)

A humorous investigation into the repetitive and unending nature of housework, and the imaginative daydreams it inspires.

Pullman Court


(Roberta Cantow, USA, 1982)

The Emmy Award-Winning short documentary, shot on 16mm, about the artistic and symbolic role of laundry in women's lives.

Pullman Court

26 rue Saint-Fargeau

(Margaux Guillemard, France, 2017)

A beautiful, vertical journey through a Parisian social estate, captured on 16mm, from dawn to dusk.

Pullman Court

Pullman Court in 29 Parts

(Lisa Castagner, UK, 2014)

The spellbinding, rhythmical short depicting residents' shared experience of sunset, in their own homes.

Pullman Court

The Geffrye Museum

Drawing upon the Museum’s research into the history of London’s poor and elderly, the event will feature film screenings alongside tours of the beautifully-restored Grade I, 18th Century Almshouses, and specialist talks from Dr So Mayer and Jessica Rosenfield. Suitable for ages 15+

Ticket-holders for Thresholds will be able to choose from a number of Almshouse tours throughout the day, and will have the opportunity to watch groundbreaking films in the beautiful Georgian Room, accompanied by introductions and Q&As.

13:30-14:15 Almshouse Tour Option 1
14:15-15:00 Almshouse Tour Option 2
15:00-17:00 Nathalie Granger (Marguerite Duras, 1972) + short film Often During the Day (Joanna Davis, 1979) + intro by Dr So Mayer
17:00-18:00 Break
18:00-18:45 Almshouse Tour Option 3
18:45-20:30 Film Screening: Oma & Bella (Alexa Karolinski, 2012) + Q&A with Jessica Rosenfield

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Often During the Day

(Joanna Davis, 1979)

Focussing on hidden, domestic spaces, the film highlights the contradiction of the home as both a nurturing and oppressive place.

The Geffrye Museum

Nathalie Granger

(Marguerite Duras, 1972)

An influential precursor to feminist filmmakers, such as Chantal Akerman, this is an atmospheric landmark of women’s cinema.

The Geffrye Museum

Oma & Bella

(Alexa Karolinski, 2012)

The intimate and affectionate documentary about the filmmaker’s grandmother explores how the kitchen always remains the heart of the home.

The Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum Speakers

Dr So Mayer

Dr So Mayer is a writer, activist and educator, and member of the feminist film collective, Club des Femmes. So’s books include Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love. So is a co-founder of Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers in the film industry.

Jessica Rosenfield

Jessica Rosenfield is a Jewish mother of three, who is passionate about arts, heritage and learning environments. Working as a creative educator and Museum and Gallery consultant, Jessica is also a volunteer consultant for the Faith and Culture Forum at the Geffrye, and has participated in producing a personal documentary about the experience of contemporary Jewish motherhood and rituals, Friday Night Dinner.


Pullman Court

Pullman Court, Streatham Hill, SW2 4ST
Sunday 23rd September 2018, 10:00-17:00
Free entry and open to all, no booking required
We regret that due to the historic nature of the buildings, Pullman Court has limited accessibility for disabled visitors.

The Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
Saturday 29th September 2018, 13:30-20:30

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Please note that owing to the nature of the building, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access.

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For more information, please contact Jade Turner via email