Re: Women Murderers in Film

Cambridge Documentary Films, Inc. (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 16:43:48 -0500

Dear Kristine,
We produced a documentary film in 1993 called "Defending Our Lives." It's
about battered women who kill their abusers. It won the Academy Award in
1994 for Best Documentary Short.

For more information look at its website:

Jill Kooyoomjian
Distribution Manager

>Kristine Brancolini wrote:
>>A doctoral student here is doing a project on women murderers in American
>>film. I have checked a variety of books of film lists and _Film Index
>>International_, but I can't find anywhere close to a list -- just a
>>smattering of individual titles. Do any of you know of such a listing
>>somewhere? Or could you send me titles of films with women murderers?
>>Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>The two first films that come to my mind are actually British and they deal
>with the same subject matter, the last woman to be executed in England for
>murder. The first title is BLONDE SINNER aka YIELD TO THE NIGHT (1956)
>directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Diana Dors and the second is DANCE
>WITH A STRANGER (1985) directed by Mike Newell and starring Miranda
>Richardson as Ruth Ellis.
>I'll try to think of others over the weekend.
>Oksana Dykyj
>Head, Visual Media Resources
>Instructional & Information Technology Service H-342
>Concordia University
>1455 de Maisonneuve West Tel: 514-848-3443
>Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 Fax: 514-848-3441
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