Episode 02. Twilight of a Woman's Soul

In this episode we are in conversation with three leading women about the ways in which they relate to Russia, as part of our current season and exhibition of photographs of Leningrad and Moscow taken by Margaret Watkins in 1933. We talk to Natasha Butterwick, about her tenure as owner of the website Russian Art and Culture. We also discuss the role of women in pre-revolutionary and contemporary Russian cinema with author of the book 'Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Russian Cinema', Dr. Rachel Morley from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Finally, we are taken on a journey to the snow covered streets of Moscow with the BAFTA award winning film and television director Margy Kinmonth, the name behind 'Hermitage Revealed' and most recently 'Revolution: New Art for a New World', who also sheds exclusive light on her newest film project in Russia.

Natasha Butterwick, Russian Art and Culture

Natasha Butterwick, Russian Art and Culture

'Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema' by Dr. Rachel Morley

'Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Early Russian Cinema' by Dr. Rachel Morley

Margy Kinmonth, Foxtrot Films

Margy Kinmonth, Foxtrot Films

Episode 01. Margaret Watkins Leningrad and Moscow 1933

In this episode we talk to Joe Mulholland, proprietor of the Hidden Lane Gallery in Glasgow, who has championed the Margaret Watkins archive since discovering it some years after her death. Joe narrates an exclusive walk through the classic images on display in the Pushkin House library, as part of our current exhibition of photographs by Margaret Watkins. He shares the extraordinary story of this woman's life, work, and death, including her visit to post-revolutionary Russia. 

Joe Mulholland speaking at the opening of the Margaret Watkins photography exhibition at Pushkin House.

Joe Mulholland speaking at the opening of the Margaret Watkins photography exhibition at Pushkin House.

Self-portrait by Margaret Watkins, 1921.

Self-portrait by Margaret Watkins, 1921.