Cinder’s visual memoir is poignant and humorous truth telling, not only of her personal history as a woman political cartoonist, but an insightful overview of the field itself. For students, teachers, or followers of political cartoons it would be wise for them to view Mcleod’s video not just once, but time-and-time again.
And for more on Mcleod’s answer to “Why are there no women cartoonist?” you must see her animation at http://www.cindersmcleod.com/animation/ Brillant and most insightful!
York University Design Course Director
frmr Art Director of the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
Clea McIlraith (lead vocals) and Cinders McLeod (double bass and harmony) met at Dartington College of Arts, Devon, then moved to London where for 5 years in the late 80s and early 90s, they played the London cabaret circuit, toured Britain & Europe, and cut a record, Beyond our Means, on Billy Bragg's Utility Label.
The performance at the Roundhouse was filmed on Cinders McLeod's super 8 camera, 1991. The soundtrack is Slap me, Shake me, written by Cinders, and recorded on their record. It is about love, poverty, (women's) poverty and domestic brutality – the gritty dancethon of marriage. It was inspired by Horace Mccoy's danceathon-depression story 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'