TITLE Independent Miss Craigie
YEAR 2021
DIRECTOR Lizzie Thynne
LENGHT 92′ 00″
FORMAT Digital
SOUND Alan Green
EDITING Vera Simmonds
SCREENPLAY Lizzie Thynne
PRODUCTION Lizzie Thynne, Hollie Price, Adele Tulli

Some time after her death, film maker, Jill Craigie reopens an old suitcase, left behind in her house. The contents prompt a series of memories of the extraordinary life and loves of this forceful, charismatic woman, whose work has been long neglected. Working outside the British Documentary Movement in the 1940s and early 50s, Craigie (1911 – 99), was dubbed ‘Britain’s first woman director.’

Supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and The University of Sussex


Lizzie Thynne

Lizzie Thynne is a film-maker and writer on media and film. Her work often explores women’s life histories and has been widely shown in galleries, exhibitions and festival and on television. Her film, Independent Miss Craigie, and an exhibition on Jill Craigie at BFI Southbank were outcomes from the AHRC-funded project Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer which she lead. Thynne’s other feature documentaries include ‘On the Border’, 2012 (on her Finnish mother’s history) JMP Screenworks 4 and Brighton: Symphony of A City, (Brighton Festival 2016/Symphonic Visions, Metier 2018) and Playing a Part: The Story of Claude Cahun (2005). She has written widely on women’s representation in film, television and photography. She is Professor of Film at Sussex University.