Women’s Work in British Film and Television

BECTU Oral Histories

In this section you can read the transcripts of oral history interviews with women from the British film and television industries which were recorded by the BECTU History Project. This project has been running for over twenty years and is convened by a small group of union members and volunteers who select interviewees and undertake interviews. To date over six hundred interviews have been conducted. From this cohort of six hundred the Women’s Work research project selected a number of interviews for transcription. We prioritised women in below the line roles such as make-up and laboratory processing, and those whose work experiences would complement the project interviews, allowing a more richly-textured picture of women’s work to emerge.

Transcripts of other BECTU interviews (men and women) are also available from the British Film Institute, the BUFVC News on Screen resource and the British Cinema History Project at the University of East Anglia. See links below.

Copyright for these interviews remains with the BECTU History Project and researchers must consult with them before reproducing material.

Page citation: Oral History, Melanie Bell, Women’s Work in British Film and Television,https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/bectu/oral-histories/bectu-oh ‎(Access date)

  1. Alice Turner (Queenie)

    Laboratory Worker (Negative Cutter)

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  2. Anne Coates

    Editor

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  3. Ann Meo

    Creative Associate

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  4. Barbara Emary

    Writer

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  5. Bessie Bond

    Union Rep.

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  6. Betty Bachelor

    Union Rep.

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  7. BIMBI Harris

    Vison Mixer/Producer/Director

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  8. Christine Collins

    Sound Technician

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  9. Christine Whittaker

    Producer/Researcher

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  10. Cynthia Moody

    Editor

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  11. Daphne Ancell

    Lab. Worker/Union Rep.

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  12. Daphne Anstey

    Documentary/Neg. Cutter

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  13. Daphne Shadwell

    Director/Producer

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  14. Diane Tammes

    Cinematographer

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  15. Doris Martin

    Script Supervisor

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  16. Eileen Diss

    Production Designer

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  17. Elaine Schreyeck

    Script Supervisor

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  18. Elizabeth Furse

    Continuity

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  19. Esther Harris

    Trailer-maker

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  20. Jan Zilliacus

    Historian (silent cinema)

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  21. Jocelyn Rickards

    Costume Designer

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  22. Julia Cave

    Producer/Director/Researcher

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  23. Julie Harris

    Costume Designer

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  24. June Randall

    Script Supervisor

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  25. Kitty Marshall

    Editor

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  26. Liz Forgan

    Director

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  27. Marion Grierson

    Documentary film-maker

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  28. Margaret Thomson

    Documentary Film-maker

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  29. Mary Harvey

    Personal Assistant (Film)

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  30. Moira Armstrong

    Director

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  31. Nancy Thomas

    Secretary/Production Planner

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  32. Pamela Mann-Francis

    Script Supervisor

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  33. Peggy Hyde Chambers

    Make-Up Artist

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  34. Phyllis Dalton

    Costume Designer

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  35. Sarah Erulkar

    Documentary Director

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  36. Sheila Collins

    Production Controller

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  37. Sheila Whitaker

    Producer/Researcher

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  38. Shelagh Rees

    Production Assistant/Director

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  39. Susan Crockford

    Director/Writer

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  40. Vivienne Collins

    Editor

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  41. Wendy Toye

    Director & Writer

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  42. Yvette Vanson

    Documentarian

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  43. Yvonne LittleWood

    Producer

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