YourScreen Summer of Hope: Calamity

Sunday 19 September


Part of YourScreen's Film Feels Hopeful season, Summer of Hope.

1863, the Oregon Trail. 11-yr-old Martha Jane accompanies her two younger siblings and widowed, impoverished father on a wagon train way out West. Discontent to simply gather firewood and cook, her rebellious, unfeminine behaviour outrages the group’s leaders. “Control your daughter”, they admonish, but when her father is injured in an accident Martha Jane rises to the occasion, donning men’s clothes, cutting her hair and generally taking control of the family’s wagon and the situation.

Rémi Chayé’s 2015 animated feature Long Way North won universal praise for its striking, ‘outline-less’ animation style, and he applies that technique again in Calamity. It’s the perfect medium to convey the inspiring, fast-paced story – part imagined and part based on historical fact – of ‘Calamity' Jane’s early years as she emerges as a hopeful feminist prototype. Winner of the Cristal Award for Best Feature Film at the 2020 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

Available to rent here via YourScreen until Sunday 19 September.