CIRCUIT Cast Episode 98: Stephanie Beth and Emma Fitts

Two women smiling, Stephanie Beth and Emma FittsStephanie Beth and Emma Fitts

.. it was really important to go for the silent woman” – Stephanie Beth.

In this podcast Thomasin Sleigh meets pioneering feminist film-maker Stephanie Beth and artist Emma Fitts to discuss two documentaries made by Stephanie in 1977/80 which sought to portray women’s lives and potential. Emma Fitts responds to the work and discusses her own interest in psychodrama as a strategy for female empowerment.

.. it was really important to go for the silent woman” – Stephanie Beth.

In this podcast Thomasin Sleigh meets pioneering feminist film-maker Stephanie Beth and artist Emma Fitts to discuss two documentaries made by Stephanie in 1977/80 which sought to portray women’s lives and potential. Beth discusses her remarkable journey from a fine arts undergraduate asked to make a film at a women's conference, to self-organising an 18 month screening tour of New Zealand in which she showed the film 100 times, each screening followed by a discussion in which only women were allowed to speak. Emma Fitts responds to the work and discusses her own interest in psychodrama as a strategy for female empowerment.

Watch I want to be Joan (1977, 32 mins)
Watch IN JOY (1980, 28 mins)