DAVID reviews

29 November 2017

UN Women UK: Speaking up.

by Jason Stone


UN Women UK: “Draw A Line” - 70s

This timely film from the UN Women UK has a cluster of familiar faces drawing attention to some grim statistics. It's shot in black and white and this emphasises the starkness of the message and each sentence is delivered with a seriousness befitting the information it provides or the opinion it states.

Not every line of the script is perfect... Alastair Stewart - an odd choice in any case - delivers the ghastly 'as a husband and a father' trope which has been widely ridiculed online when used by men because of its suggestion that it's the only way a man can grasp these issues. But the other participants more than offset his jarring contribution and, thankfully, the overwhelming majority of them are women - while it's important to hear male support, a significant and legitimate female grievance arises from men's tendency to speak on behalf of women so it's essential to ensure that female voices dominate the discussion.

The female to male ratio behind the camera was even more impressive than that in front, with Missing Link Films practising what they preach in putting together a crew that was 90% female.

These kinds of projects are filmed around the limited time celebrities can provide and they don't really allow for a significant directorial flourish but Alicia MacDonald has wrangled her talent with consummate skill, as DAVID would expect after her impressive turn on the CraftWorks stage in September.


Creative Agency: JWT London Ⓦ
ECD: Lucas Peon
Creative Director: Jason Berry
Creative: Juliet McLaren / Courtney Dow
TV Producer: Charlotte Jude
Film Production: Missing Link Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Alicia MacDonald Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Ben Link
Cinematography: Catherine Goldschmidt
Editor: Lizzy Graham @ Marshall Street Editors Ⓦ
Post Production: Ian Berry @ The Mill Ⓦ
Colourist: James Bamford @ The Mill Ⓦ
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