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SOVIET WOMEN


DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

SOVIET WOMEN


DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

( in production)


A feature documentary exploring the extraordinary roles of women in a Soviet society and their portrayal as workers, soldiers, scientists, wives, mothers, dancers and cosmonauts, Stakhanovite heroines and circus stars. With hitherto unseen archive footage and images, interspersed with touching stories of everyday life through to the most remarkable careers and achievements, we seize the approaching centenary of the Russian Revolution in 2017 to reveal how this convulsion of female experience, these superwomen, forged a new world.

The film started as a short film trilogy created by Gavanski for the Superwoman exhibition.

"A fascinating window into the lives of so many feminist pioneers and strong working women, using extraordinary archive footage…The film highlights the discrepancies between the idealised image of women – glamorous, perfect, able to be all things to all people and the reality, which involves a lot of hard work and resilience, frustration and difficult juggling of roles. This is something we still fight today. If anything, it’s worse."
Phoebe Taplin (journalist and writer)

 

 

“The footage of this is film is absolutely marvellous – rare archival material, which is so exciting and beautifully put together in Dolya Gavanski’s remarkable montage. Viewers can learn a great deal from the images alone, but Gavanski’s voice-over text is very much to the point, and draws your attention back to visual details that you may have missed. “

Maria Shevtsova (Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London)

 

“Loved the film – great focus on the history of Russia from the perspective of the representation of women – fantastic to get a sense of hidden history from the young Night Witches – female pilots in WW2 to heroic tractor drivers.”

April De Angelis (playwright)

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GOLOS


GOLOS: UKRAINIAN VOICES

GOLOS


GOLOS: UKRAINIAN VOICES

GOLOS: UKRAINIAN VOICES

(Completed)

GOLOS is a feature documentary about Ukraine today, which focuses on people’s response to the war across age, place and economic background. The Maidan revolution, where the narrative starts, creates the backdrop as we visit four cities and listen to their inhabitants. By documenting what people celebrate and what national holidays mean to them, the film provides a context for people to communicate their hopes, fears and ambitions. These poignant encounters show a common struggle for peace despite differences of opinion, and the influences and memories that form Ukrainian identity.

The film includes a beautiful, haunting score by Alexander ‘Sacha’ Puttnam and is co-directed by young Ukrainian filmmaker, Fedor Levchenko. Sanjin Perasic.

 


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"Golos takes us outside the polarised rhetoric on the either side of the conflict and gives voice to those stuck in the middle; at one a history lesson and taking-of-the-temperature of a people trust into an unwanted war".
Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC Newsnight

 

 

"A sensitive and insightful documentary about modern-day Ukraine. Although the film takes the Euro-Maidan demonstrations of late 2013 and 2014 as its starting point, the unrest is really just a pretext. In fact, Golos: Ukrainian Voices would be better described as an examination – and a probing one – of post-Soviet national identity."

Judith Fagelston, Central and East European London Review

 

 

 

 

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GAMBLERS


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GAMBLERS

(In development)

A provocative and modern-day television drama series set among Russians who have made London their home. Inspired by The Gambler by Dostoevsky and other Russian classics, the stories and characters are influenced by real life events. It is a poignant yet humorous tale of lust, greed, betrayal, big business, dangerous liaisons, blurred morality and love - where everyone is a gambler of some kind.

The Russian Gambler - began as a two part radio drama written by Dolya Gavanski commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Directed by John Dryden, starring Ed Stoppard, Eleanor Bron and Matthew Marsh, it played to great critical acclaim.



 

 

"Prepared to be carried away into the world of bling, dodgy deals, dangerous liaisons….‘Don’t trust any of them’, the child whispers, but the piano teacher wan’t be warned….A stunning drama with a rich, atmospheric soundscape…"

The Daily Mail | *****

"With the disparity between rich and poor continuing to grow, it seems all the more fitting that Dolya Gavanski, in this two-part adaptation, should transplant this cautionary tale of gambling, oligarchs, and blurred morality to a 21st-century London…"

Radio Times Critic Choice