Lulu Keating's Notes
Stories of women, past and present
4 Mar 2002

Lulu did wonderful presentations at REEL MADNESS 2001, both with her films and at thefilmmakers' seminar. She's currently working on a couple of scripts and will be teaching adirector's class for Nova Scotia Film this Spring.

This program will screen two contrasting documentaries about women, that differ greatly in many respects. MadameAda was produced for History Television, for a series on famous Canadians who would be portrayed 'warts and all'.You guessed it: this famous Canadian was a Madame who operated an internationally-renowned flop house, andlater a call girl business in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from the heady days of WWII until her death in 1986. Discussioncan focus on choices made in the telling of this tale, with little material on Ada and without the voices of "Ada'sGirls": none were found who were willing to talk. In the era Ada operated her business, discussion of sex waslimited to naughty jokes about loose women.

In the second documentary, a group of single Boomer women candidly converse about relationships. In LADIES INWAITING we discover what modern women really want, all through the eyes of an eight year old girl. In contrast toMadame Ada, these beauties openly discuss what they seek in a relationship, and ponder why they are middle-agedand still single.

Lulu has suggested that the discussion after the screenings can include these topics:The telling of history, and the falsification of fact. Using material that is convenient but not necessarily accurate.Research - obscuring the facts that can't be substantiated; the ecstasy of finding info; recognizing when you've foundgood interview subjects. Choosing a coherent visual style for the production.Creating structure for a documentary. Making a living as a filmmaker.

Is a madame a suitable hero for an International Women's Day event?

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