Stalking the image: Margaret Tait and Intimate Filmmaking Practices



Neely S (2008) Stalking the image: Margaret Tait and Intimate Filmmaking Practices. Screen, 49 (2), pp. 216-221.

First paragraph: Margaret Tait's artistic concern with the detail of the everyday shares much with general conceptions of feminist filmmaking practices, in which self-expression is identified as an antidote to the oversimplified representations of women in mainstream cinema. As Pam Cook explains, the ‘emphasis on the personal, the intimate and the domestic, has always been important to the Women's Movement and the personal diary form, for instance, has always been a means of self-expression for women to whom other avenues were closed’.2 While Tait maintained she was filming what was around her rather than attempting any kind of autobiographical work, the body of her work, including film poems, portraits and hand-painted films, is frequently praised for its ability to capture the ‘authenticity’ of experience.

Tait; Poetry; Women and Film; Scotland; Feminism and motion pictures; Feminist films; Women in motion pictures; Tait, Margaret Ann, 1907-1985

Screen: Volume 49, Issue 2

Publication date31/12/2008
PublisherOxford University Press