Here at Birds Eye View, we are still buzzing from our wonderful International Women’s Day Gala last week. In rebellious spirit, we kicked off celebrations the day before the official worldwide date -the 8th of March- with the premiere of Bushra El Turk’s new live score to Lotte Reiniger’s pioneering animation ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’. After all, why should we only champion lady-shaped talent on one day of the year?! Audiences were blown away by the combination of Bushra’s enchanting multi-cultural melodies and the exquisitely detailed shadow-puppetry of Reiniger’s film. A true testament to our starring ladies’ command of their crafts. For those of you that missed it, there is repeat performance on Friday the 5th of April. Don’t lose the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful event the second time round!
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Call Me Kuchu (dirs Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall) was released in UK cinemas back in Nov 2012 and comes out on DVD today. Touching and inspirational, the film stands alongside The Queen of Versailles, One Mile Away and Sing Your Song, as one of the best documentaries of 2012. Read the full story
After being nominated for Best Film at the 56th BFI London Film Festival last year, Cate Shortland’s Lore will be released in UK cinemas this week. Set immediately after the fall of Nazi Germany, the film follows the children of Nazi Party members, who must journey across the country to the safety of their grandmother’s house. Read the full story
Set around the end of the 19th century, Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria centres on Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) as he starts a new job working for Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce) in a clinic established solely for the treatment of women. Granville settles nicely into the clinic and quickly begins to fall for Dalrymple’s youngest daughter Emily (Felicity Jones). However, after the invention of a nifty electrical item for the treatment and pleasure of women, Granville’s world begins to turn upside down and he soon develops feelings for Dalrymple’s eldest daughter Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Read the full story
Based on the Man Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children spans generations of a family against a backdrop of real events in Indian history. Rushdie not only adapted his magical realist text, but also performed the voiceover narration which runs through the film.
Born at the exact moment when India broke from British rule, Saleem Sinai (Satya Bhabha) is one of many babies born with special powers. Calling themselves ‘Midnight’s Children’, the group have varying degrees of power depending on the proximity of their birth to the stroke of midnight. Saleem and Shiva (Siddharth) are the strongest of the set, born in the same hospital at the same time. After a damaging act from a hospital nurse (Seema Biswas), their destinies become inextricably linked not only to each other, but to the tumultuous transformation of their country. Read the full story