Pop-Up Shop + Photobooth: 8:00 PM
Film: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10!!!!!! (Get advance tickets here!)
Based on the 1868 book by abolitionist and feminist Louisa May Alcott, Little Women centers around the March family—four sisters (Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Kirsten Dunst, and Claire Danes) and their mother (Susan Sarandon)—and their devotion to self-improvement, to one another, and to their goals. Exploring themes of growing up a woman in a man’s world, finding your own path in life, and discovering the power of sisterhood, Little Women remains a timelessly relatable feminist essential.
Directed by Gillian Armstrong and adapted for the screen by Robin Swicord (who also adapted previous MUFF pick Practical Magic), Little Women was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Winona Ryder’s portrayal of Jo March. Jo, who some would call the “tomboy” of the group, has aspirations of going to New York and becoming a successful writer or pursuing the stage. Continually flouting conventional womanhood and brushing off perfectly good marriage proposals, Jo does not share her sisters’ dreams of obtaining a man’s name. Instead, she craves creative satisfaction, fame, and adventure. Then there’s Meg, the eldest March sister, who is a traditionalist. Amy, the youngest, is a spoiled imp who longs for an aristocratic life and an aristocratic nose. Beth is the gentlest and sweetest of the sisters, with a gift for music and doll hospitals. And Marmee, the mother whose partner is away at war and who struggles with raising her daughters to be strong in a tough world. Oh, and their neighbour Laurie, who we only mention because he is portrayed by a tiny adorable baby Christian Bale.
The MUFF Society has really always been about sisterhood, so Little Women was an obvious choice for us as we approach our third birthday and also the farewell to our screening series. (Regarding that last bit, if you haven’t seen the news: click here).
Our Mini MUFF selection for this month is In My Mother’s Closet—the story of a young Indian trans woman navigating a world that refuses to see her as she is and finding her truth through musical theatre and magical femme friendship—from local filmmakers Adri Almeida and Carolyn Wu.
As always, we will have lots to offer before the film: a photobooth with props, a farewell playlist full of sisterly love, and four incredible local vendors selling their wares! And be sure to show up on time because we are going to have oodles of amazing prizes to win!!
So, don’t be dull as powder, come out to Little Women and join us as we celebrate our three-year milestone, say goodbye to our monthly screenings, and highlight a holiday classic filled with sisterly love. We could never love anyone as we love our sisters!
Our pop-up shop will include:
A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event: Carlton Cinema, The Beguiling, The Candy Bar, Condom Shack, and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.
This month’s poster was designed by Natalie Very B. Check her out here: www.natalieveryb.com.
ABOUT THE MUFF SOCIETY
The MUFF Society (Monthly Underground Female Film Society) is a feminist screening series based in Toronto, (with prior pop-ups in New York City and San Francisco). We aim to champion women in film both on and off screen and we do this by programming films that have awesome female characters and/or have powerhouse female players behind the scenes: directors, writers, editors, producers etc. We are also an online community that aims to keeps the conversations about women in film flowing and supports and promotes other film events and initiatives which are focused on women in film.
Our awesome venue and home base, The Carlton, has a fully accessible entrance, snack area (very important), theatres, and toilets. If you have any additional accessibility concerns, please reach out to us in advance of a screening. MUFF is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all of our patrons and will do our best to accommodate. You can read more about Imagine Cinema’s Accessibility Plan here: https://imaginecinemas.com/accessibility-plan/.