- Director: Alice Smith
- Producer: Joseph Ingham
What a wonderful film...
History re-discovered, memories re-lived, battle fought...hear the women who paved the way for the freedoms we all enjoy today.
It's emotional, it's spirited...it's inspirational.
A [lengthy] standing ovation...to each and all.
INVISIBLE WOMEN is a short documentary (25mins) exploring the untold story of the North West’s LGBTQ past over the last 50 years through two women’s incredible journey rebellion and activism.
Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights as women and as lesbians.
Their work has revolutionised Manchester whilst transforming the lives of thousands of women and yet no record of them exists in the city’s archives; theirs is a story that risked disappearing from history. Until now.
Manchester, 1969: Luchia, a teenage Lesbian runaway from Ireland struggles to survive on the streets of Manchester. She’s arrested and sent for a lobotomy to cure her of her “deviant sexual tendencies”. Luchia escapes the lobotomy to seek solace in the New Union, a pub at the epicentre of Manchester’s underground gay community.
Luchia is at her lowest ebb when she hears a female student at the next table giving voice to every frustration she felt; Luchia pulls up a chair to listen. That student was Angela and this chance encounter sparked a relationship that has endured fifty years of euphoric highs and earth-shattering lows.
2017 witnessed a rich variety of programmes and films that explored the 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. However, the vast majority of this work focused almost exclusively on the experience of white, middle-class gay men from London. The women’s story, and particularly the story of regional working-class women, has largely been ignored.
Whilst the film is ostensibly about Angela and Luchia's personal and political journey we are using their relationship to explore Manchester and, in particular, the forgotten and, up until now, untold story of the North West’s LGBTQ past through a working class lens of rebellion and activism which is still alive today: Angela and Luchia are still very much fighting for their rights and the rights of LGBTQ people in Manchester.