Breaking Plates

A raucous documentary about the not so silent women of the silent film era. 

A unique hybrid of documentary, silent film, drama and dance, Breaking Plates puts revolutionary women of the past on the screen with present day filmmakers. Contemporary women talk to characters from 100 years ago, reanimate their antics and emulate their mayhem moves. As early 21st century performers step into the clothes of their early 20th century counterparts, battling their haywire machines, exploding gags, and eruptive bodies, they learn to wield humour as a weapon against the structures that contain them today.

Breaking Plates is a boundary-smashing brawl and a creative revolution for women onscreen, a riotously entertaining enactment of the principle that if we want to tell different stories, we have to tell stories differently.

Violette Ayad, Richard James Allen, Emma Watkins,
Julie-Anne Long, Jadzea Allen and Karen Pearlman
Jannah Allen, Jay Bailey, Bárbara Benítez, Coline Bulloz, Laure-Anne Deltor,
Evane Duguet, Saskia Ellis, Emma Gautrand, Texas Nixon-Kain, Cassidy McDermott, Olivia Mortimer, Matylda Pioro, Jessica Spies
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Karen Pearlman
Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman
Samuel Lucas Allen
Martin Thorne
Justine Kerrigan
Camille Ostrowsky
Claudia Kryszkiewicz
Gavin Marsh
Angela Little
Liam Moses
Craig Beckett, Trackdown

Breaking Plates is a collaboration with the curators

of the Cinema’s First Nasty Women DVD/Blu-Ray set:

Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi.

Associate Producer: La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie

Co-Producer: La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne

A Physical TV Company Production