RADIUM GIRLS – Review by Susan Granger

Based on true events during the late 1920s, this docudrama focuses on two teenage Cavallo sisters employed at the American Radium Factory in Orange, New Jersey, painting numbers on the popular, glow-in-the-dark watch faces, earning one-penny each. The superb production design reflects prodigious research, reflecting the period through archival newsreel footage and period costumes.

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A CALL TO SPY – Review by Carol Cling

It may sound strange today, but there once was a time when being anti-fascist was something all Americans could support.(Except, of course, for the Nazi sympathizers.) If you long for those thrilling days of yesteryear, A Call to Spy has you covered. This fact-based World War II espionage drama focuses on not one or two but three intrepid participants in a fledgling British spy service that recruited women for a “club unlike any other,” on the theory that women agents would be more inconspicuous than men.

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WEEK IN WOMEN – IFC acquires A CALL TO SPY, WWII Female Spy Drama – Brandy McDonnell reports

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to A Call to Spy, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated documentary producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, which centers on the courageous unsung female spies who served in World War II. IFC is planning an autumn release.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 3, 2020: RADIUM GIRLS

Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler’s fact-based drama Radium Girls may be set a century in the past, but certain aspects of the story feel as timely as today’s headlines — for instance, when Joey King’s character Bessie bemoans: “Why is there so much wrong in the world that no one knows about?” That feeling of helplessness in the face of events that feel completely out of your control is bound to strike a chord with today’s audiences.

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RADIUM GIRLS – Review by Loren King

Radium Girls is a revelation; a rich dramatization of the historical events that took place in Orange, NJ in 1927-28. Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler, who co-wrote the original screenplay with Brittany Shaw, Radium Girls blends period social drama, courtroom intrigue, labor history and a women’s empowerment message.

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RADIUM GIRLS – Review by Leslie Combemale

“If you place a Geiger Counter over the grave of a Radium girl, it will click for a thousand years.” This written quote is part of the film Radium Girls, the shocking, fascinating, and well-executed new feature, co-directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler, based on a true story no doubt very few people had heard of, just as I hadn’t.

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2019: The Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

For the seventh consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has had the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Short at the 2019 festival, held in Whistler from December 4 to 8, 2019.

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Whistler Film Festival 2019: Lydia Dean Pilcher on LIBERTÉ: A CALL TO SPY – Jennifer Merin interviews

Financed and shot independently, filmmaker Lydia Dean Pilcher’s thrilling truth-based narrative is about female spies of the Allied resistance during WWII. Forced to consider new avenues for espionage after the Nazis invade France, Sir Winston Churchill created a covert brigade of female spies lead by American expatriate Virginia Hall and Muslim pacifist Noor Inayat Khan who formed a sisterhood while entangled in dangerous missions to help stop Hitler.

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