Jane Marsh Beveridge
One of about a dozen women at the National Film Board during the Second World War, pioneering filmmaker Jane Marsh Beveridge was the only woman to write and direct war films. She was intensely involved in production and at the height of the War directed six films in two years. Although the script’s more feminist concerns were eventually watered down, the remarkable Women Are Warriors (1942) still stands out as one of the few wartime films to argue that women were not leisurely idlers before the conflict. Beveridge's Alexis Tremblay, Habitant – The Story of a Farmer in Quebec (1943), one of the first NFB films to be produced, written, directed and shot (by the legendary Judith Crawley) by women, was one of the most popular shorts in NFB history.
After quitting the NFB in 1944 over conflicts with John Grierson, who refused to promote her, Beveridge worked until 1948 as scriptwriter and editor on the “Act and Fact” series for British Information Services in New York. She abandoned filmmaking in the early fifties to become a teacher and sculptor.