The film, “10 Days in a Madhouse,” opens in theaters across the U.S. soon. It’s a staggered release so don’t give up if it’s not playing right away in your town or city. Be patient. It’s worth the wait. And our video features vintage Nellie Bly trade cards from the collection of author Kenneth Florey. It’s a reminder of how reporter Nellie Bly was well known in her day. Ken is the author of American Woman Suffrage Postcards from McFarland Press (2015). He specializes in women’s suffrage memorabilia, and his books are worth ordering to make them part of your reference library.
WHY “10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE” IS MAKING PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION!
Come January 2016 with the upcoming Academy Awards, the film “10 Days in a Madhouse” is likely to be talked about as a U.S. film with teaching and learning potential because of the period subject matter and a more than 90% women’s cast. The film that’s directed by Timothy Hines and produced by Susan Goforth brings to a wide audience the story of investigative reporter Nellie Bly. The cast includes Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock, Julia Chantrey and others (Pendragon Pictures).
In this production, Nellie Bly goes undercover in 1887 to report on conditions at Blackwell’s Island, a mental institution. Her expose created waves all over the nation. And Nellie Bly opened the doors wide for women in journalism before the turn of the 20th century. We love Nellie Bly because of her women’s rights activism and her journalistic coverage of the suffrage movement that included a remarkable interview with Susan B. Anthony, her feature articles on suffrage conventions, as well as the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, DC.
In an exclusive interview, producer Susan Goforth and director Timothy Hines had this to say about Nellie Bly and the making of the film, “10 Days in a Madhouse”:
Producer Susan Goforth: “The way Nellie Bly handled her newspaper assignments became a journey of her soul. She handled her subject matter with grace, openness, and accessibility while always wanting to tell the truth to the people.”
“Nellie Bly lived in a time when only 2% of the journalism jobs were held by women… She opened the door for all women to be taken seriously as reporters.”
Director Timothy Hines: “I owe this film to my mother who was born in 1917. I was the youngest of ten and I grew up hearing the tales of Nellie Bly from my mother. I’ve always been fascinated by Nellie’s writings. When my mother passed in 2008, this crystalized for me the things that are important in my life. I intend to devote the rest of my life to films about women’s rights and minority rights…”
“If Nellie Bly had been a man, there would be statues of her. She would be included in history lessons instead of being relegated to children’s books for girls alone.”
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