Antonia’s Line: Remembering British Filmmaker Antonia Bird

Antonia Bird

I feel a bit mean writing about Antonia Bird for Directed by Women’s global audience, because her films are so hard for viewers to find. That’s the case with many female filmmakers, of course; it’s only thanks to Milestone Film that we can see the work of early film pioneers such as Nell Shipman and experimental filmmakers such as Shirley Clarke on DVD. On the eve of her first retrospective, starting tonight at the British Film Institute in London, this is a plea and a prayer that more of her work will soon be available.

Bird was neither a silent filmmaker, nor an avant-gardist. She died in 2013, having made her astonishing film-length works for both big and small screens between 1994 and 2004 – and yet they’re still hard to access. She made them for UK television and for Hollywood studios and for HBO. If you’re in North America, you can watch her biggest project Ravenous (1999) on Amazon or Blu-ray, and thrill to the combination of wit and mayhem she conjured with only a week’s prep before shooting. Continue reading “Antonia’s Line: Remembering British Filmmaker Antonia Bird”

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This is so cool!


Thanks to my sweetheart, Scott McCaulay, for making this fantastic video mapping twitter mentions of ‪#‎DirectedbyWomen‬ in the time right before .. during and immediately after the Worldwide Film Viewing Party last year! This is so exciting. This video was generated using Observatory on Social Media (OSoMe), a new online research tool. Scott’s part of the team at Indiana University that’s been developing this!  Read more about this exciting research:  IU data scientists launch free tools to analyze online trends, memes.

OSoMe is so cool!

I love how this reveals the rich connections that formed during the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party last year.  Let’s keep going.  Chip in today on the #DirectedbyWomen crowdfunding‬ campaign, so we can have even MORE exciting interaction this coming September when #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party returns!

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Barbara Ann O’Leary
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THE VISION: 8,903+ people each give $1+ in honor of 8,903+ women film directors

The vision is to mobilize 8,903+ individuals to contribute at least $1 each to the ‪#‎DirectedbyWomen2016‬ Worldwide Film Viewing Party Generosity Campaign… as a way to help the world notice that there are MANY women film directors… and then, of course, I hope everyone who chips in will also take actions – large or small – to celebrate during the September 1-30, 2016 ‪#‎DirectedbyWomen‬ Worldwide Film Viewing Party! I think we could really make a strong statement if film lovers dive in.

Much appreciation for helping to get the word out. Thanks for engaging!

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Barbara Ann O’Leary
#DirectedbyWomen Catalyst

2 years ago today the #DirectedbyWomen vision began to emerge

Sometimes Facebook’s obsession with memory comes in handy. Today I received a reminder that I first posted my intention to mobilize #DirectedbyWomen on April 30, 2014.  I didn’t quite have the name sorted out by then, but the energy for this initiative had definitely started to flow. And now – two years later – the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party has become an ongoing global celebration. I’m grateful to everyone who has felt inspired to join the party!

Re-reading the post I’d shared on my O’Leary’s Reel Life Tumblr, I noticed that there’s still a lot more to do!  I look forward to seeing what arises next and I’m eager to co-create the experience with you.

Here’s the blog post from April 30, 2014.  Enjoy!  I hope it inspires you. And stay tuned for an announcement May 1st, when we’ll be 4 months out from the next #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party!


As I come to the end of A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act, during which I dedicated myself to inviting authentic creative expression to flourish in the world in a balanced and harmonious way by bringing my attention to – and opening to receive – the creative motion picture outpourings of women and men filmmakers in equal measure, I set new intentions to be of service to this bold perceptual shift as it unfolds, making way for exciting opportunities for film artists and film lovers to express themselves and have their work received.

I dedicate myself to authentic creative expression through film, inspiring balance and harmony in the world through celebration and support of filmmakers who are coming from a deep rich place with their work.

I say YES to fostering a culture of generosity, appreciation, openness, and ease in the global film community with a particular eye to galvanizing a film audience for women made films and helping women film artists’ work to flow beautifully in the world. I see myself helping to build a worldwide HUNGER for women made films. I envision greater opportunities arising for women with deep, bold, authentic vision to step up to feed that hunger and receive sustenance in return.

I see AYNI – reciprocity and right relationship – permeating every aspect of the film world as more and more film lovers shift their perceptions to recognize and welcome the growing contributions of women film artists around the planet.

Initiatives to fuel this vision include:

~ Launching a Beijing+20 Worldwide Film Viewing Party in September 2015 (the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Women) – encouraging people all over the globe to screen films made by women in as many places as possible… and sharing films by as many different women as possible. I see this initiative as a catalyst that can help the world make a fantastic leap forward in the process of creating habits of sharing and receiving women made films.

~ Establishing a web series about film arising from women film artists worldwide… with accompanying blog. This will be a co-creative, ever expanding expression of growing activity by women film artists and venues sharing their work robustly in every corner of the globe.

~ Writing a film loving memoir: a wildly subjective and idiosyncratic look back at my cinema life – O’Leary’s Reel Life.

~ Screenwriting a feature film unfolding the compelling story of a filmmaker coming out of the shadows of her world famous creative parents to find her own forms of expression.

~ Mobilizing my shamanic capacities in support of women (and men) film artists as they clarify vision, jettison old beliefs/habits/energy patterns impeding creative flow, manifest richly nuanced and vibrant work, and connect profitably and dynamically with audiences eager to embrace their creations. I absolutely love showing up and choosing to be present in this way with filmmakers and other creative beings. I’m humbled by the opportunity to witness the transformative power indwelling in each creative being I have the privilege of supporting.

I honor all the vision and energy already in service to these expansive intentions wherever they are taking place. I’m thrilled by the relationships within the global film world that have already arisen in my life and I look forward to connecting with as many people as possible to work co-creatively in support of this transformation.

I embark on this journey immediately. I welcome allies along the way.

Find me on Twitter or Facebook. I can’t wait to engage with you.


Barbara Ann O’Leary

And the adventure continues…