A unique hybrid of documentary, silent film, drama and dance, ‘Breaking Plates’ puts revolutionary women of the past on the screen with present day filmmakers. Contemporary women talk to characters from 100 years ago, reanimate their antics and emulate their mayhem moves. As early 21st century performers step into the clothes of their early 20th century counterparts, battling their haywire machines, exploding gags, and eruptive bodies, they learn to wield humour as a weapon against the structures that contain them today.
‘Breaking Plates’ is a boundary-smashing brawl and a creative revolution for women onscreen, a riotously entertaining enactment of the principle that if we want to tell different stories, we have to tell stories differently.
ADVANCE QUOTES ABOUT ‘BREAKING PLATES’:
“There are some amazing, never seen before, never tried before, things in the film. Bravo!” Alan Berliner, award-winning documentary filmmaker (‘Letter to the Editor’, ‘Wide Awake’, ‘The Sweetest Sound’)
“Utterly…utterly fascinating. My head is reeling! You are onto something extraordinary here. …Production values, choreography, performance. All of it! And best of all, revisiting those not so silent women of the silent era.” Sue Maslin, OA, multi-award-winning producer (‘Brazen Hussies;, ‘The Dressmaker’, ‘Hunt Angels’, ‘Japanese Story’)
“A complete joy from go to woe, Breaking Plates is an interrogative, celebratory, and cheekily riotous exploration of women and cinema.” Bill Mousoulis (My Darling in Stirling, Songs of Revolution, Wild and Precious)
ABOUT THE SILENT FILM CLIPS:
‘Breaking Plates’ is an international collaboration with the curators of the ground-breaking DVD/Blu-Ray set ‘Cinema’s First Nasty Women’. The rambunctious 99 films that inspired ‘Breaking Plates’ were made between 1896 to 1926 and brought together by Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi into a collection ‘The New York Times’ described as “a mind-expanding endeavor… a triumph”.