A podcast exploring the role of women and gender in film, television and fiction. Looking at the tales we tell and why we tell them.
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Miriam to explore the Netflix show Unorthodox. We discuss how accurate the tv series in its portrayal of an Orthodox community and examine the role of women in Hasidic Judaism. Miriam bravely tells her own story of leaving the Orthodox community and the challenges she faced.
I've got The Power!
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by returning guest Annie Flowers to explore Naomi Alderman's novel The Power. We ask if this book is a cautionary tale on gender inequality or a feminist revenge fantasy and if we had 'The Power' what we would do with it ourselves.
Tales in Lockdown
In this special episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Ashley Bouchard to discuss the stories about women and by women that we are hoping to read, watch and listen to while we are living under lockdown during the current pandemic. We discuss the importance of maintaining good mental health, how stories can help and make a list of recommendations for our listeners. A list of stories to listen, read and watch can be found here: http://tiny.cc/dku1oz
Not a Girlfriend and Not So Crazy
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by California native Annie Flowers to discuss the musical comedy show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We examine the many varied themes in the show including sexual health, friendship, mental health and female ambition. We ask if this award winning comedy could have been written by a man or if it exhibits a uniquely female perspective of the pursuit for happiness and self-fulfilment.
The Queen without her Wig
In part 2 of this two part episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is again joined by history buff Amy Neal to discuss the many visual representations of Queen Elizabeth I in both film and TV. We reflect on Elizabeth's later years and the portrayal of her physical appearance on screen. We ask if filmmakers have a responsibility to portray history accurately or if they should have creative licence in telling tales about the past however they wish.
Good Queen Bess
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by history buff Amy Neal to discuss the many visual representations of Queen Elizabeth I in both film and TV. We examine the history behind the myths of the Virgin Queen and whether different productions have been historically accurate. We ask if film is a gateway for the general public to learning history and how many of the stories that filmmakers explore about Elizabeth are real and how many are part of the famous myths that surround her.