Lady Rhondda is well known for trying to bomb a letterbox, which led to her arrest 1913. She believed that if she started slowing down the post, it would make the men at the time aware of the importance that the women in Britain played in everyday life, as post during the first and second world wars played a crucial role in communicating and sending important documentation between different parties.
The use of mese-en-scene in this piece was brilliant and clever. The title of the piece relates to Mackworth’s revelation of ‘never…keep a bird in a cage.’ She was a strong independent woman, who became and entrepreneur after her father’s death, when she took over the family business.
I also enjoyed the use of music and visuals. The animation scenes where the only character who was in focus was Lady Rhondda, gave the sense that she was an isolated character throughout her life, which made it feel as though she was the documentary’s protagonist. I was also amazed at how supportive her father was about her feminist marches and stands she performed.
It lowered the anxiety of Mackworth that she was going through at the time and made the father out to be a warm hearted fellow (for a better word).
The use of music also created a great setting for the documentary. The vocals of the singers made it easy to visualize the scene of 19th Century women marching down busy streets fighting for what they believe in. The interviews too were brilliantly constructed and gave us, the audience, the information that we needed to know.
Also knowing that Mackworth and her father Lord Rhondda had a near death experience, where a ship they were travelling on was hit by enemy fire due to the First World War being in progress. It was settling to know that luckily they both survived the sinking ship.
I thoroughly enjoyed this piece and found it educational, I am also keen to learn about history and this satisfied my taste and love for historical events in not only Wales’ but Britain’s history that has helped shaped the world that we look at today.