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Underwire Festival: Don’t let the bastards grind you down at BFI Southbank

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Time 18:10
Date 22/11/17
Price £8.8

Brave, angry and passionate women lead this programme of short films to open the eighth edition of Underwire Festival.

Expect perseverance and sisterhood, as women face their challenges head-on. Whatever the outcomes, the women in these films show characters who persist, resist and stand up.

Join the Underwire team and filmmakers in the BFI Blue Room for drinks after the screening.

LAWS OF THE GAME - Nominated for: Producing Award – Regina Seifert

Zeola is a single mother whose life alternates between her job as a prison guard and her career as a football referee in the men’s league. In her attempt to obtain the international FIFA Badge in an official referee test, Zeola is confronted not only with her own insecurities, but also with the unfairness of the world around her.

DESTINATION - Nominated for: Acting Award – Hannah Daniel

Discontented Uber driver Beca is at a crossroads in her life, and she’s just discovered she’s pregnant. At 29 with a devoted boyfriend she “should” keep it. But is that what Beca wants?

PLAYGROUND - Nominated for: Acting Award – Hannah Almond

Insomnia takes over Kate’s life as she drifts between day and night. When her sister visits, the real reason behind her sleep pattern emerges.

DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN - Nominated for: Acting Award – Elly Herbert

Young girl searches for a safe haven in an urban landscape and finds solace in her own creative expression.

TO THE FRONT - Nominated for: XX Award

A group of unacquainted women, with no musical experience, have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform live.

3217 - Nominated for: XX Award

In 2013, I attempted to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. After 96 days at sea we were rescued just 400 miles short of the finish line. For 2 years I felt like a failure. In December 2015, I went back to try once more. This is my story.

I FEEL FEMME - Nominated for: XX Award

A performative poetry film cycle ‘I Feel Femme’, explores male & female archetypes, such as the Madonna & Whore or The Hipster & Geek, using both humour & pathos to highlight themes of misogyny, fetish, vulnerability and control.

THE GOOD MOTHER (LA MADRE BUENA) - Nominated for: Directing Award – Sarah Clift

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request – a Donald Trump piñata.

FREE PERIOD - Nominated for: Writing Award – Alison Piper, XX Award

When schoolgirl Leanne doesn’t have enough money to buy a tampon she stuffs her knickers with toilet paper and ends up bleeding in front of her class. Leanne overcomes this humiliation with a shocking act of rebellion – against a bully, a teacher, and against the stigma which acts as a barrier to her needs.

COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Underwire Festival: Don’t let the bastards grind you down at BFI Southbank at 18:10 on Wednesday 22 November. To enter the competition, send an email to with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Don't let the bastards grind you down - often given in the cod Latin version 'nil carborundum illegitimi', was in wide circulation during the Second World War at which time a certain General used it as his motto. But... What was the General's name?
A: .1) General "Whoopsie Dan" Davis .2) General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell .3) General "Snaggle-tooth Pete" Dixon .4) General "Buxom Ben" Butler