"Joan Prowse has directed a
fast-paced and frequently funny history of the Women's
Movement as interpreted by swimsuits."
Toronto Star, Starweek Magazine
By the time women had the right to
vote and were able to swim, the bathing suit was revealing
more about them than just their bodies. Beginning with
the arrest of long distance swimmer Annette Kellerman
in 1907 for appearing in a one-piece bathing suit, to
the public outcry in the sixties over the bikini and
the topless bathing suit, changing swimsuit styles have
not only influenced morality, but also have helped chart
the changing images of women in the twentieth century.
Using a retrospective of swim wear styles,
along with commentary from those who create bathing
suits, those who observe them, and those who wear them,
Beauty and the Beach looks at the complex relationship
between the bathing suit, social and cultural values,
and women's body image in the 20th century.
Award winner: Columbus
and Worldfest Film and Video Festivals