The Ladies Almanack – A radical remaking of an historic circle of queer female writers


“The Ladies Almanack” is a feature-­length film written & directed by Daviel Shy, based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes.

“A few years ago I fell in love with a strange old book and all the women it cryptically depicts. I began to research everything I could about these women.” Says Screenwriter/ Director/Cinematographer/Producer – Daviel Shy.

“I even learned French so I could read their work that had not been translated. Now I’ve turned it into a feature film: “The Ladies Almanack” — Q. We made it with an all volunteer cast and crew, through the generosity of community support. This is my first feature and I am so excited to share it with the world”

The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of female authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

Arranged month-by-month like an almanac the story is told by three narrators: Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Monique Wittig. Seminal texts of these radical feminist writers were published in the 1970’s: the same decade The Ladies Almanack was reprinted for a public readership. Each character is a hybrid of the historically researched figure and the contemporary artist who portrays her; with the exception of one person, Hélène Cixous. She will be playing herself in the film and is therefore the sole character where the past catches the present in continuous being.

 “Our objectives are both educational and utopic. The film’s purpose is to engage a meaningful dialogue with the dead as well as follow their examples by investing in the contemporary work of our peers.”

Explore the film’s website to learn more about this film and our process!


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