QFT Player: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmQFT Player: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Showing: 13 November 2020 until 13 November 2021

DirectorPamela B. Green
WritersPamela B. Green, Joan Simon
LanguageEnglish, French
Running Time1HR 42MINS
SeasonQFT Player

Alice Guy-Blaché was a prolific filmmaker and a cinematic pioneer, yet she has largely been erased from the history books. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is available to rent on QFT Player.

In a remarkably short period of time in the early 1900s, Guy-Blaché rose from a secretary to running a leading film studio in her native France. She was one of the very first to make a narrative film, and pioneered the use of close-ups, hand-tinted colour and synchronised sound. When she emigrated to the US she began all over again, setting up the prolific Solax Studios in New Jersey.

In Be Natural, Pamela B. Green acts as a detective, revealing the real story of Guy-Blaché and highlighting her pioneering contributions to the birth of cinema and her acclaim as a creative force and entrepreneur in the earliest years of movie-making.

Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film features commentary from Diablo Cody, Geena Davis, Julie Delpy, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, Patty Jenkins, Ben Kingsley, Andy Samberg, Agnès Varda, Evan Rachel Wood and more.

"A love letter to early cinema and a fascinating detective story all in one." ★★★★★ - Eye For Film