Wales has its share of incredible history; from the stories and characters of legend to the real-life heroes who have helped change the world we live in. A Bird in a Cage uncovers the forgotten story of Lady Rhondda, one of these fascinating and revolutionary historical figures, whose groundbreaking work for women’s rights during the first half of the 20th Century has largely gone unrecognised until now. This film looks at a life in which Lady Rhondda, otherwise known as Margaret Mackworth, headed the Newport branch of suffragette society the Women’s Social and Political Union, fought for a seat in the House of Lords, went to gaol for setting fire to a postbox, became a successful business leader, founded one of the most eminent political and literary magazines of her time, and even survived the sinking of the Lusitania.
A Bird in a Cage was developed over the course of a project led by Winding Snake Productions and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in which young people explored the life of this hugely influential pillar of their local history. The young people worked with a vibrant team of filmmakers to bring together live action interviews with historians and politicians, archive footage, traditional cut-out animation developed during school workshops, and choral music composed and performed by the young participants of the project. The result is a beautiful and educational study that is hauntingly relevant in contemporary society, exploring issues which strikingly resonate with topics in the news today.
A WINDING SNAKE PRODUCTIONS film
Directed by LAUREN ORME
Produced by AMY MORRIS
Original score by TIC ASHFIELD
WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM, London Feminist Film Festival 2015.
RUNNER UP: BEST SHORT FILM FROM A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE, World of Film International Film Festival 2015.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015, Animaze Montreal International Animation Festival 2015, Ankara International Documentary Film Festival 2015, Women of the World Film Festival 2015, We the Peoples Film Festival 2015, Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema 2015.