Featured work: Suspense – Lois Weber (USA, 1913, 13mins)

An early comedy, which tells a tale of marital strife – mutual suspicion comes between a woman and her husband. As the relationship between the couple takes a turn for the worse, the position of women in the family and at the office, in relation to the man of the house and the boss, is humorously highlighted. Although rooted in the Victorian values of the time, A House Divided breaks with the dominant tradition. To Alice Guy it was obvious that ‘there is nothing connected with the staging of a motion picture that a woman cannot do as easily as a man, and there is no reason why she cannot completely master every technicality of the art’.