Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Jessica Bradshaw 

BA [Hons] Character MakeUp Design

Jessica is a character and makeup designer graduating from IADT’s Design for Stage and Screen program. Her particular interests lie in visualising the narrative focusing on Character design development throughout the text and how makeup can be utilised to illustrate characters’ transformations, Alongside her coursework, she has had the opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects, some of which include designing characters for the opera ‘King Arthur’ with RIAM. In addition, she has worked on a plethora of short films and music videos during her time at IADT which are on view in her portfolio.

Major Project: Beauty and The Beast

Minor Project: The Island of Doctor Moreau

Ageing Women in Mid-Twentieth Century American Film Noir

This thesis seeks to examine why it is that the ageing women from a number of different examples within the American film noir genre are presented to the audience in a way that is designed to make them unlikeable. It states that this villainisation of ageing women is nothing new, with examples present throughout art history and also in modern media. Research finds that in times of cultural change, mass media is a clear representative of societies views and opinions of people within its culture at the time of its creation. In the case of this examination, it is found that the cultural changes pertaining to gendered divisions within the workforce, the home and the family unit which became apparent post World War II, have had an effect on the representation of the ageing leading ladies in a number of films within the film noir genre ranging from 1945-1962. This is shown by examining Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1950), Mildred Pierce in Mildred Pierce (1945), and Charlotte Haze in Lolita (1962) with reference to a number of different academic sources.