Purple Girls – a love letter to the women who raise us

Photographer and filmmaker Qezz Gill’s debut short film ‘Purple Girls’ is a visual celebration of womanhood.

This film by Qezz Gill is a reimagination of a poem written by Eleanor Hurley in February of 2019. The poem was inspired by the spoken word poetry of Ashlee Haze. Purple Girls is a love letter to the women who raise us, friends, relatives, cultural figures and the ones who leave an impact.

“Purple girls are not a myth; they exist in every corner of the globe.”

The film is a journey of discovery and celebration of womanhood in all its forms. While the poem delves into very early examples of discrimination young women face, the main focus of the narrative is on reaffirming yourself in later life through sisterhood and friendship. The many barriers girls face from a young age and how patterns of misogyny carry on in different forms. Our experiences and opinions are valid and to be heard and celebrated. It’s about celebrating those who encouraged the emotional growth we experienced in our early twenties and recognising the universality of women who positively affirm each other.

The visual storytelling demonstrates intimate shots of physical touch, cherished moments and experiences in any friendship. The locations showcase everyday mundane dynamics in an ethereal way through warm colour tones. “The reimagined version of the poem as a visual narrative by Qezz whose personal influence on myself is directly addressed within the lines of the poem,” says Eleanor.  As the writer, being able to see the words come to life through the eyes of not only a female filmmaker, but a close friend, is an inspiring nod to the universality of collective female strength.

Our experiences and opinions are valid and to be heard and celebrated.

Find more of Eleanor’s work on her website. Find Qezz on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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