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Underwire_logo.jpgIt’s that time of the year again!

Underwire film festival, celebrating shorts by women since 2010, is back in The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London form Tuesday to Saturday.

As a prelude to the festival, Underwire has hosted today a series of panel discussions, Girls on Film, tackling the history of the lesbian on screen; the Bechdel Test on the eve of its 30th birthday; the trouble with so-called ‘Strong Female Characters’; women in comic book films.

Alongside established festival strands, this year’s edition sees the Underwire Alumnae Reunion on Saturday 15 November, celebrating the Underwire filmmaking community with a host of alumnae from previous years returning to share their stories and successes.

For comedy writers, there is a training day on Friday 14 November, Writing Comedy: Finding Confidence in the Collective, focussing on networking and collaboration in the industry.

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For full programme and to book tickets, please visit the festival website.

First picture is Underwire logo. Second picture is a still from Barbara Hammer’s Dyketactics (1974). Both courtesy of Underwire.