Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - The Colleen Bawn

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, and Dorothy Davenport Reid
Year: 2018

Shot on location in County Kerry, Ireland, THE COLLEEN BAWN was adapted by Gene Gauntier from the 1860 stage play of the same name by Irish-American playwright Dion Boucicault, itself based on the real-life murder of a newlywed by her husband and servant. She was nicknamed "the colleen bawn," or the fair girl. Though not officially credited as director on this project, Gauntier (who also stars) later claimed credit for co-directing this film, along with many others she made at Kalem.

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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid