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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Lynne Franks presents POW Mentoring workshop
April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm£4 – £8
The inspiration for Ryan Murphy’s FX ‘Feud’ has been deemed campy schlock—but it’s really a worthy psychological horror film with masterful performances (according to Vice). Few films blur the line between “cult classic” and “canonical masterpiece” as thoroughly as “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
When “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” hit theaters in 1962, it was a low-budget film starring two “washed-up” actresses in Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Under the old studio system it was a film no one wanted to touch, and it took director Robert Aldrich a lot of convincing, his own resources and a deal with the devil (a.k.a. studio head Jack Warner) in order to make it happen in the first place. But when reports of Crawford and Davis’ on-set feud surfaced and Davis was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Baby Jane Hudson, the film became a box office success that launched a whole new sub-genre of horror films dubbed “Psycho-Biddy” or “Hag Horror.”
Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) is an ageing child star left to care for her wheelchair-bound sister Blanche (Joan Crawford), also a former child actress. Stuck living together in a mansion in old Hollywood, Blanche plots to get even with Jane for the car crash that left her crippled years earlier. But Jane is desperate to keep Blanche imprisoned as she plans a new rise to fame, and tries to hide Blanche’s existence from doctors, visitors and neighbours while she devises a way to get rid of her sister.
How (we hear you ask) does this connect with a mentoring workshop for women?!
Well, it’s unusual to find a film about two older women, who have worked, and this film is a compelling masterpiece by any standards. Moreover, there is an argument to say that had these two women had some proper mentoring at key stages of their acting careers they might never have ended up in the feudal, murderous dynamic that resulted. So the terrific Lynne Franks, awarded an OBE for her services to women in 2018, and as part of our Power Of Women series, will be running a mentoring workshop – about how mentoring can help you in your career, followed by some speed mentoring with women in our community. So please join in!
The film event is open to all, and we shall be inviting a group senior women to come along as mentors, and we encourage everyone who would like to be mentored in their career to attend – and join the workshop.