A glorious day on the Southbank has seen sell-outs a-plenty for our Festival Sunday, with Rania Stephan’s beautifully layered Doha Tribeca Award-winner THE THREE DISAPPEARANCES OF SOAD HOSNI completely sold out at the BFI before we even woke up! This riveting portrait of the legendary and enigmatic Egyptian film star is also screening tomorrow night, Mon 8 April, 8.45pm at Hackney Picturehouse – with a few tickets still left for the last chance to catch it in London!.
Saturday kicked off our super-sized Festival weekend with 3 UK premieres, 2 London premieres and 5 Q&As at 2 venues including BEV’s first visit to the spectacular new Barbican cinemas; plus an exclusive reception at the Lebanese Embassy.
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The 2013 Birds Eye View Film Festival kicked off in star-studded, sold-out style – and with a bright message of hope – at BFI Southbank last night with the UK Premiere of WHEN I SAW YOU by Annemarie Jacir, Palestine’s first female film director. With the Festival hype getting dangerously overheated with previews on the BBC, CNN, ITV and Radio 4, it was great to finally get cracking! Read the full story
In a first for Birds Eye View, last night’s Bloody Women Panel Debate was streamed live online to hundreds of online viewers. Rounding off our programme of work looking at the role of women in the development of horror cinema, panellists included Emily Booth, a presenter for our media partner actress The Horror Channel and Alan Jones of programme partner actress FrightFest. Elsewhere, we were thrilled to present Oscar nominee and Berlin and Sundance winner Lucy Walker‘s Countdown to Zero.
Last night saw a star-studded turn-out in support of our She Writes lab for emerging female screenwriters. A celebratory evening at BAFTA commemorated the end of the year-long development project, in association with the Script Factory, with a screenplay reading starring Celia Imrie, Frances Barber, Dudley Sutton and Paula Wilcox among others. The last couple of days also included our Bring A Baby screenings, including British director Emma Lazenby ’s beautifully painted BAFTA-winning animation Mother of Many.
Any suggestions of fading energy after a long BEV week were quickly quelled on Sunday with the London premiere of the year’s most celebrated international film, the UK premiere of an extraordinary look at the lives of women under Palestine’s ruling Hamas party, and a visit from some of the world’s most wonderful women for our Equals on Film Oxfam Gala Screening. Who could possibly think of sleep when hanging out with the likes of Annie Lennox, Laura Bailey, Livia Firth and Thandie Newton?