There’s no doubt that Mary Pickford would approve of her posthumous participation in Birds Eye View and the WOW festival: ‘I am a woman’s woman. My success has been due to the fact that women like the pictures in which I appear.’ BEV’s silent film programmer Kelly Robinson shares more about her professional journey, complete with some fabulous quotes, as we prepare for celebratory events this weekend.
January’s big new release is high-profile Brit filmmaker Phyllida Lloyd‘s biopic of Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady. Written by Abi Morgan (Brick Lane, Shame, BBC’s The Hour) it’s on release in your local cinema. We urge you to see it and join the vociferous debate among its admirers and critics, suitably so given its subject. Last month Nest Members had the opportunity to attend an industry preview of the film, with thanks to distributors Pathe, and we asked them to review it for BEV followers. Read on for your friends’ and colleagues’ opinions of a controversial work! Read the full story
Andrea Arnold is celebrated as one of Britain’s most important contemporary filmmakers. Birds Eye View’s very first event back in November 2002 featured Andrea Arnold’s beautiful and disturbing short film Dog. Her third short, Wasp, won her an Oscar, and was screened at the first Birds Eye View Film Festival in 2005. Andrea then sprung into feature film with the tension thrilled Red Road which won the jury award at Cannes, as did her second feature Fish Tank, which won the Birds Eye View Marie Claire Best Film of 2009-10 Award, presented by Gillian Anderson at our 2010 film festival. For the first time, Andrea has delivered an adaptation of a classic novel for her third, equally distinctive feature film. We had the opportunity to chat with her about the experience:
Interview questions by Rebecca Brand, Head of Communications and Operations at Women in Film and Television UK , with many thanks from BEV!
Following a decade of radical growth and seven acclaimed festivals, Birds Eye View will not be running a film festival in 2012, but will instead be working towards a sustainable plan for 2013 and beyond.
Over the past few years, the UK Film Council supported the Birds Eye View Film Festival through their Film Festivals Fund and Diversity Grant in Aid. Since the closure of the Film Council, funds have transferred to the BFI. As yet, there is no provision for either Festivals or Diversity, leaving BEV with a 90% drop in public funds. Read the full story
The Australian novelist’s first foray into film directing is not the Sleeping Beauty we all know and love. The story of a young woman’s induction into the strange sexual practice of being drugged to sleep whilst older men pay to be alone with her, Julia Leigh’s debut is a very creepy yet visually elegant work. BEV sat down with the director to talk about her inspiration and the leap from the literary world to the cinematic. Interview by Laura Bushell (www.laurabushell.com).
Part of your inspiration for Sleeping Beauty came from a recurring dream you had, can you tell me about that?
After the publication of my first novel I had to do a little bit of press and I contracted this horrible nightmare of being filmed in my sleep. It was quite compelling because the dreamer dreams she’s asleep in her own bed, when in fact she is asleep in her own bed. I realised we’re all quite vulnerable in our sleep and sometimes it’s as if we wake up and edit out our nights as if they haven’t happened. So I wondered what would it be like to know that something was happening in your sleep and know it probably wasn’t good for you? How would that seep through into your waking life?