A CENTURY of women’s voting rights and Wyre Forest’s part in the story will be the focus of a Kidderminster film company’s latest project.

Community Broadcast Company (CBC) are producing a trilogy of short films, ‘Deeds not Words’, to be shown throughout Kidderminster Arts Festival (KAF) in August to celebrate women in politics.

The films will look at the impact of the voting rights for women campaign had on the local area, including the visit of activist Emmeline Pankhurst to the town hall which led to the formation of the area’s suffragist society.

They will also look at the first female English councillor Sarah Elizabeth Woodward, who was Bewdley born and bred.

CBC conducted a survey and discovered more than 80 per cent of people questioned were unaware of Wyre Forest’s connection to the suffragette movement.

They are now calling on women who want to be part of the project to get involved.

Coralie Hudson, Writer and Director said: “Through our project we hope to pay tribute to all women who fought to change society and give rise to a better and fairer world.

“It is in their memory, we create our films. We are truly humbled to be producing our narrative for KAF in honour of the Wyre Forest women who were part of the fight for women's suffrage and changing the UK forever.”

Coralie recently also directed ‘Tapestry’, a narrative drama set against the backdrop of the Wyre Forest’s carpet industry through the ages, which will also be shown at the Arts Festival.

Producer Sachia M Mooney added: “As the film industry is still predominately male, in light of this year’s celebrations and our theme a vital part of women’s heritage; we want to empower women through our project.

“Therefore we felt it important for the films to be written and directed by three local women, and have mainly an all-female cast and crew.

“This is a really exciting project for the CBC and we will have news of further cast and crew roles over the next weeks. Please get in touch if you would like to express your interest.”

For more information about ‘Deeds not Words’ visit www.the-cbc.org.uk or The Community Broadcast Company Facebook page.