The Gold Diggers (1983)

Screening of The Gold Diggers (1983), followed by Q&A with Rose English and Sally Potter

Sunday 5 March, 19:00

Q&A, Screening, Cinemateket

Rose English and Sally Potter
Berlin — Part Four: The Arguments (at home), 1976
Photo: Roger Perry
Courtesy: Rose English Studio Archive

Sally Potter and Rose English created the feature film The Gold Diggers in 1983, which is a key film of early Eighties feminist cinema. Made with an all-female crew, every member of which received equal pay, featuring photography by Babette Mangolte and a score by Lindsay Cooper it embraces a radical and experimental narrative structure.

Celeste is a computer clerk in a bank who becomes fascinated by the relationship between gold and power. Ruby is an enigmatic film star in quest of her childhood, her memories and the truth about her own identity. As their paths cross, they come to sense that there could be a link between the male struggle for economic supremacy and the female ideal of mysterious but “impotent beauty”.