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  • Sun 9 Jun
  • 79 minutes
  • Director: Jenny Gage
  • Cast: Dusty Rose Ryan, Delia Cunningham, Lena M., Ginger Leigh Ryan, Olivia Cucinotta
  • USA (2016)


How do we construct female-identifying teen characters on screen? Mainstream cinema is notorious for shallow and one dimensional presentations of female identity. In this programme we will explore the complex character presentations of young women on screen.

"When I'm frustrated, when I feel like nothing is meaningful, I tend to look inwards and think about myself and I realised that was completely the wrong thing to do and even if everything goes sort of terribly in my life and ya know, I don't make anything great at least there's the world around me to just look at..." - Lena M.

This is just one of the pearls of wisdom the teenage girls of Jenny Gage's All This Panic gain as they navigate a tricky three years of teenage life. The film intimately documents the lives of seven friends living in Brooklyn; Lena, Sage, Ivy, Olivia, Ginger, Dusty (sister of Ginger) and Delia. What makes this film unique is hearing these girls be brutally honest about their experiences, fears, desires, their place in the world and what the future holds for them. This is something rare because as Sage poignantly says in the film, "people want to see you [teenage girls] but they don't want to hear what you have to say." It is a brave step for the girls to share their inner most thoughts at a time in their lives when everything is in flux; not everyone would want their teenage years to be recorded on film for the world to watch.

ALL THIS PANIC celebrates the highs and lows of girlhood and manages to include a multitude of experiences: grief, financial strife, mental illness, divorce, racial politics, sexual realisations, romantic rejection, first love, the perils of intense teenage friendships, hedonism, the feeling of being lost and trying to figure life out; all of which makes the documentary a highly relatable piece of cinema.

DISPATCH FMI is an intersectional feminist moving image curatorial practice and online platform with a focus on works created by women. Our aim is to bring feminist cinema and theory to all by making our screenings accessible, affordable, and educational.

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.