The Bechdel Test

Charlie Stross has posted a piece about Alison Bechdel’s rules for movies (though she attributes the rules to Liz Wallace.)

1. Does it have at least two women in it,

2. Who [at some point] talk to each other,

3. About something besides a man.

Time to test some of my output against the rules. I don’t think Global Weirding passes, but then it’s a first person tale from a male character, which Stross allows a pass for. Ruby Red does pass, because of conversations between Elaine and Ruby. Deputised Experts, I think, has conversations about the investigation between female characters, so it should be okay as well. And George and Hannah talk about everything but men in Memory, though George was written primarily as a geek and could have just as easily been a man. Venn? Well, there’s only one female character in episode 1, and lots of the following episodes are specifically about sex and relationships, so…..

Memory – now available on dvd

A dvd of Memory is now available through Lulu. Get all five episodes, the trailer, outtakes and a slideshow.

Rob may be turning into a machine, side effects from the revolutionary cancer treatment he’s undergoing. He turns to the only person he feels he can trust- Hannah, the daughter of his long dead business partner.

With help from her friend George she looks into the legal and philosophical implications, until she starts getting mysterious messgaes about her father’s death.

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We spent a couple of hours this afternoon recording Mary’s overdubbing for the film. Whilst it would have been better to have got the sound right on location, by having a muffled microphone or not filming on so windy a day, this worked out quite well. Alan is going to work his magic and we’ll have dialogue you can actually hear over the wind noise.