Girls will be Girls is an experimental documentary film that explores female stereotypes, retelling girlhood stories, using archival footage and oral histories. The film studies the construction of female identity through childhood and adolescent experiences. Clips of archival footage were cut and edited from a range of archival footage from East Anglian Film Archive and other archival resources, juxtaposing with spoken audio. The dialogue was recorded during interviews with four mature women of different backgrounds, discussing their expectations and behaviours of girls growing into womanhood, looking at how they should act, speak, dress and conduct themselves. The film playfully explores the pressures to conform to certain behaviours and beliefs, covering appearance, school, friendships, relationships with boys, family and career opportunities.
The film was created for the 2019 East Anglian Film Archive mash-up competition under the theme Discovery. The film screened at FaB Festival, Margate Film Festival and SVOX.TV Film and Video Arts channel.