Thank You Skinhead Girl – Film by Sharon Woodward (An OFVM Production Award)
‘Thank You Skinhead Girl’ is a documentary which explores the filmmakers experience of being in care and becoming a skinhead girl during the late 70’s early 80’s.
It gives insight into a sub-youth culture that has been one of the most misunderstood, of all the youth groups. The film shows the historical rise of the skinhead movement, the fashion, music and the gang structure in Oxfordshire UK at the time.
Through the voice of the filmmaker we are taken into the personal reflections of that time, which shows a working class girl finding refuge within the skinhead movement. A place where she grew, survived, thrived and eventually learnt a very hard, uncomfortable lesson through violence.
The film features music from Reggae legends the ‘Symarip’, Oxford Ska band The Inflatables and Welsh Oi! band The Oppressed.
This film has been enabled by Screen South Community Projects Fund and OFVM – Film Oxford Production Equipment Award.
Film Making Background
Sharon Woodward is an award winning independent filmmaker; she trained at Newport Film School, The National Film and Television School and in the cutting rooms of BBC Wales and Tyne Tees Television. Sharon currently works as a freelance filmmaker and at VOXinc where she supports volunteers aged 16-25, with Learning Disabilities in Volunteer Media Projects that benefit the community.
In 1996 Sharon formed Mischief Pictures with Producer Richard Duriez to make lo/no budget productions on digital video. Her films have been screened at cinemas and at UK & International film festivals including Cannes and Edinburgh. Sharon continues to work on her own productions as well as productions for other organisations and individuals.