Lenny Henry

Q: Who runs the world ? A: Still men, sorry.
Stereotyped women in sports films
13th February @ 6.00pm


The afterglow of the 2012 olympics still shines within all our hearts, and the images of  our gold medallists: Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams  are burnt indelibly into our imaginations. But why is this triumph not reflected in terms of mainstream sports cinema?

Women’s roles (even with the advent of feminism) have mostly been a stereotypic affair  in the sports film genre – ‘Wife, cheerleader, temptress or booster.’ How has this situation been allowed to continue? Which are the movies that have perpetuated these stereotypes? And which ones have flipped the script? And are women’s sports films really sports films – or a kind of melodrama?

All these questions answered plus some jokes…be there.

Brief Bio
Lenny Henry has been a show business professional since 1975 when he won a talent show called New Faces as a comedy impressionist. Since then he has worked constantly on TV ,stage and radio in programmes like: Tiswas, Three of a Kind, the Lenny Henry show, Chef , Hope and Glory, Lenny Goes to Town, White Goods, Alive and Kicking, Lennyhenrytv.com; plus three South Bank shows, various documentaries. He is a founder member of Comic Relief. His recent work as an actor has seen him win critical praise, particularly  his debut stage role in Northern broadside’s Othello (directed by Barrie Rutter)  and for the National Theatre’s Comedy of Errors (directed by Dominic Cooke).


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