Why this blog

Why this blog? I am 74 years old and since my retirement at the age of 60  I have been studying the representation of older women in feature films, as well as ageing and ageism.  I have been concentrating on films where the older woman is the main character or part of an ensemble.  I have seen  a great number of available films. I have also led an ‘Older Women in Film’ group for this length of time.

Over the years, I have tried to express the  view of an older feminist viewer but I have encountered ageism at many levels. It started with the professor  who replied: “but who is interested in older women?” when I asked him to supervise me for a PhD.  I gave up on the academic course and decided to go to the grass roots and  formed an older women viewer group.  Of course ageism pervades a great number of the films I came across in my research. The widely distributed films are often the most ageist/sexist. However, others deserve a wider audience specially an audience of older women. But due to the  male and youth oriented attitudes of distributors, critics and cinema programmers these films remain unseen and the sexism/ageism of  more  famous  films ignored.

I am tired of battling with institutions. When they seem to listen  they appropriate the idea and change it beyond recognition. In this blog I will share my knowledge and experience,  with whoever is interested.

About rinaross

Born in 1935. MA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Westminster 1998. Studying the representation of older women in film since then.
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