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Wanda + in-person introduction from Pamela Hutchinson

Presented by TOM’s Film Club

With her first and only feature film – a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in – Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen.

Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. An until now difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.

Before the screening, we’ll also have an in-person introduction presented by writer, critic, film historian and curator Pamela Hutchinson, discussing the importance of this film to contemporary cinema.

The film is rated Triple F – a film receives an F rating when it is directed by and/or written by women. A Triple F-rated film does both of these and also features significant women on screen. We’re proud to represent Triple F-rated cinema here as part of TOM’s Film Club.

“How can a woman ever afford to be both wayward and astray? Wanda showed us how it’s done without telling us why (or why not). Loden’s crisp sensitivity and sudden spikes of ambivalence are immortalised in her debut, and only, feature film as a director” – Savina Petkova, Sight & Sound


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