21st Century Woman

Influenced by the 1960's documentary 'Women of the World’, Dick S.R. Summen revisits the world of women today to share his insights with those less informed. In a society where his attitude is publicly frowned upon, yet not uncommon, he stalks his prey and reveals her from his narrow perspective. His efforts to get close and capture it all won’t be hindered, with or without her permission.

  • Reeta Varpama
    Director
  • Reeta Varpama
    Writer
  • Chris Bradbury
    Writer
  • Shannon O'Shea
    Key Cast
  • Chris Bradbury
    Key Cast
  • Becca King
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Mockumentary, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    250 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Berlin
    Germany
    March 10, 2018
    Europe Premiere
    Official Selection - A (Wo)man's World
  • Cambridge
    United Kingdom
    March 26, 2018
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Reeta Varpama

Reeta is a Director with a majorly successful freelance career as an award-winning Editor. Her work ranges from narrative film, documentary and broadcast TV to high-end commercial video.

Reeta’s headline achievements start with short films 'Untethered' and '6 Artists Walk into a Physics Lab' made for Channel 4’s Random Acts commission, music video 'Control by Hazel English' reaching nearly 100k views on YouTube and completing various post-production work for feature films 'Starfish', 'The More You Ignore Me' and 'Rise of the Footsoldier 3'.

Reeta also edited and colour graded the horror comedy 'Toll Booth' which was selected to screen at the BAFTA-qualifying Leeds Film Festival 2017, and has so far won 7 awards and achieved 3 honourable mentions.

Her works have been screened at the likes of Los Angeles Cine-Fest, Canada International Film Festival, New Renaissance Festival, Norwich Film Festival, Berlin Feminist Film Week and Washington DC Independent Film Festival.

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Director Statement

It all started with 'Women of the World / La donna nel mondo', released in 1963. Not only does it silence its subject matter by taking one of the most objectifying, oppressive and patronising approaches to narrative documentary filmmaking I've come across, the fact that this attitude is still widely spread in our society 50 years on is shocking.

In a world where sexual misconduct, harassment and abuse are the norm and the white cis-male perspective dominates our mainstream media, the idea of men telling what the world of women is like is laughable.

'21st Century Woman' attempts to address these issues with comedic yet serious undertones, encouraging further conversation about the point of views we are shown and the voices that are allowed to be heard in filmmaking and society today.