Date: 11th June 1985
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The title is MsTaken Identity. It was shot in London on Beta SP. Originally financed by the Greater London Council Women's Committee then also Channel Four TV (Alan Fountain) for the Eleventh Hour series. It was originally conceived as a community project, but eventually broadcast on Channel 4 in 1986. It won Best Foreign Video at the Turin Youth Film Festival in 1986. Albany Video were the organisation who managed the grant for us through their bank account. They did not produce the video. It was initiated by myself after being approached by the GLC Women's committee who had seen another video I had made about teenage young women (I was 23 and working in girls nights in youth clubs as a video tutor but also studying film-making part time). The GLC suggested I collaborate with Karen Alexander to bring in the experience of black young women. She also brought in many contacts of women technicians who had worked in TV as well as the animation and music workshops. She worked for Albany Video part-time. Many people collaborated on the project. Some parts work well, others don't. It is a good example of the idealism of the time and the benefits and pitfalls of working collaboratively. I went on to work in TV as a researcher then director, and Karen went into developing black film studies at the British Film Institute and academia.