WOMEN MAKE NOISE: Girl Bands from Motown to Modern ed Julia Downes


Women Make Noise: a discussion

In association with LaDIYfest Sheffield, Women Make Noise Editor Julia Downes will be discussing women’s experiences of music culture. Alongside Julia on the panel are Alanna McArdle, member of the band Joanna Gruesome, Stephanie Phillips, member of the bands My Therapist Says Hot Damn and Big Joanie and house and techno DJ Sarita Karir

This FREE event is at Coffee Revolution at the University of Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1450530455235705/



Review for CELLULOID CEILING from Indiewire

celluloid-ceilingThe level of public consciousness about the barriers faced by female filmmakers is higher than it has ever been. Despite this, the discussion more often than not centres around North America and to a lesser extent, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (and I am guilty as charged). This is perfectly understandable, but clearly women do make films outside of these countries, and it can be illuminating to consider how their experiences reflect or differ from those with which we are more familiar.

To this end, the arrival of a new book, “The Celluloid Ceiling,” could not be more timely. Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson, it takes a purposefully global overview of the status quo and in doing so provides some fascinating stories and insights, reminding us of what is lost when we limit the discussion to Anglophone directors.

Matthew Hammett Knott – indiewire

Celluloid Ceiling at the 2014 Cannes Festival

Cheryl Robson was at the 2014 Cannes Festival promoting CELLULOID CEILING: Women Directors Breaking Through


Androulla Vassiliou European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth at Cannes film festival

Celluloid Ceiling receives four-star review and was promoted at Cannes

Total Film magazine received our book with enthusiasm, awarding it four stars and saying:

A SENSE OF URGENCY drives contributors to seek out hope for film’s female future in these essays….Aside from correcting discrimination, the call for equality is timely: in troubled economies, the editors note, any less would be “a waste of a country’s human resources”

Cheryl Robson, co-editor of Celluloid Ceiling, attended the Cannes Film Festival, where the topic of women film directors was on everyone’s lips.  The book was widely seen at the festival.





Celluloid Ceiling launch in Singapore

Aurora Metro Books and Books Actually invite you to:


Professor Gabrielle Kelly and publisher Cheryl Robson, co-editors,  will be discussing their recent publication at:
BOOKS ACTUALLYNo. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 168645, t / +65 6222 9195 
Saturday MAY 24th, 2014, from 7 p.m.


Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is this a new era for female filmmakers? The figures suggest otherwise. CELLULOID CEILING explores the work of women film directors across the globe. Highlighting emerging female directors alongside recognised pioneers, this book gives an overview of what is happening internationally, and where women film directors are breaking through.

• Includes exclusive interviews with women film directors
• Essential resource for film students, gender studies courses and film fans alike

Free event, please RSVP e-mail to cheryl@aurorametro.com


Follow news about women in film on the Celluloid Ceiling Facebook page



New title: Provence: People – Places – Food

Recently published: Provence: People – Places – Food From the breathtaking heights of the Luberon to the azure blue of the Mediterranean coast, delight in the sights and scents of the lavender, of pine trees wafting on the breeze and the taste of fruity wine and fresh seafood. Artists, painters, writers and discerning travellers from royalty to rock stars have long been attracted by the region’s bright light, perfect climate and joie de vivre. Take the road less travelled as you find out more about the extraordinary range of places and people who’ve found inspiration in the mountains and valleys, rocky coves and verdant islands.


Read this interview with the book’s author, Cheryl Robson, on the Culture Trip website.

Virginia Prize

Aurora Metro Arts and Media, the Twickenham-based arts organization, is delighted to announce Leipzig, by Fiona Rintoul, as the 2014 winner of the biennial Virginia Prize for the best new fiction by a woman writing in English.


On winning the prize, Fiona said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have won the Virginia Prize and that my novel Leipzig will now be published by Aurora Metro Books. The publisher’s backlist is full of novels that grab my interest, so I feel I’ve found an excellent home for mine. Prizes such as the Virginia Prize, which are open and anonymous, really do give writers a chance to get their work out there and bring new voices to the reading public.’

Fiona looks forward to seeing the book in print this autumn with Aurora Metro Books.