With apologies for having been a bit secretive about it, we launched the Birds Eye View Film Festival 2010 on Tuesday, at the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue, London. This was one of those exclusive shin-digs, with press, VIPs, sponsors, partners and all good schmoozable folk joining us as we announced the festival programme with a celebratory tipple.
Fiona Shaw - surely one of the greatest actors working in London today – we find her quite mind-blowing! – gave the opening address, while I introduced our new chair – the amazing producer Elizabeth Karlsen – and revealed the delights of the festival to come.
Fiona Shaw’s speech was typically eloquent – ranging from aboriginal Australian women’s culture to new interractive narrative forms in film. Her final message was clear and passionate: “Just as poetry comes from the silence, so films come from the darkness. Women need to illuminate more of that darkness, for the benefit of both genders…” amen to that! Read the full story