Silent films of the 1920s tend to conjure up images of moustache-twirling villains and cowering female victims. Or perhaps high-kicking flappers and sultry vamps.
But films of this era and the female characters portrayed within them were in fact far more complex. This month the British Film Institute is screening a season of British films from the 1920s.
Jo Morris talks to one of the stars of the silent screen, 101 year old Sybil Rhoda and Bryony Dixon, British Film Insitute archivist and Ian Christie, film historian from Birkbeck College join Jenni to look at the involvement of women in films of this era, both in front and behind the camera.
Between Restraint and Passion: British Cinema of the 20s is at the NFT until 29 February 2004