The Cinema Museum, London

Kennington Bioscope Presents Back To God’s Country (1919)

Wed 19 Oct 2016 @ 19:30 · Events

Back to God's Country
Girl From God’s Country (2014)
A documentary about silent film writer, director, and star, Nell Shipman. In 1922 she came to Idaho’s Priest Lake from Hollywood with her 10-year-old son, her ill-fated lover-producer, a future Academy Award-winning cinematographer (Joseph Walker) and a personal zoo of 70 animal actors that included bobcats, bears, elk, eagles, deer and sled dogs. She was the first of her kind, a female independent filmmaker who refuted Hollywood’s mistreatment of animals and refused the assured trappings of a studio contract with Samuel Goldfish (soon to be Goldwyn) to produce her own films on location.
The film reveals the forgotten legacy of Shipman and a generation of female silent film pioneers. The documentary includes rare footage of these artists, including minority filmmakers, Zora Neale Hurston and Miriam Wong. Geena Davis and female directors discuss gender-inequities Nell and her counterparts faced that perpetuate in today’s film industry.

Back To God’s Country (1919)
Directed by David Hartford with Nell Shipman, Charles Arling and Wheeler Oakman.
A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbour with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful.

This is a joint Kennington Bioscope and Worthing WOW event.

Silent WomenDirector Karen Day explains her journey to discover more about Nell Shipman and the creation of the documentary in the book Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema from Aurora Metro Books. This book was the subject of a recent launch event by the Kennington Bioscope, and patrons will have another chance to buy copies of this book at a special event discount price of £12 (cash only).

Doors open at 19.00, for a 19.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


£4 (£3 of which goes to the Cinema Museum). Seats are limited, so please request an invitation using the email