Made in Britain
Birds Eye View were delighted to partner with the BFI on Made in Britain; the first in their new annual series dedicated to celebrating contemporary British cinema.
This year the BFI brought us a broad selection of films by women filmmakers with a bold approach to cinematic form, and a tangible, demonstrated vision.
Running 2-30 April, Made in Britain's showcase of visionary women directors included documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker (including Countdown to Zero, 2010), the celebrated Andrea Arnold (including Fish Tank, 2009) and Lynne Ramsay (including We Need to Talk About Kevin, 2011) and acclaimed visual artist Gillian Wearing (Self Made, 2010).
BEV's particular focus was on showcasing the Next Gen. of emerging filmmaker talent. For the opening night we brought you a cross-genre whistlestop tour of the most powerful storytelling and skillful filmmaking we could find from women working in the UK today. Present on the night were Sally El Hosaini, Vicky Mather, Christine Entwisle and Jane Linfoot, discussing their experiences so far and projects in the pipeline.
dir. Debbie Tucker Green | 2009 | 13 min
In one corner of London on the hottest day of the year, Donna wonders how to reveal her astonishing secret to her family.
dir. Andrea Harkin | 2011 | 14 mins
Communion is a story of sibling love and rivalry, set during the violent period of the 1970s Troubles in Northern Ireland.
dir. Sally El Hosaini (My Brother The Devil) | 2009 | 12 min
Set within the home of a British-Arab family, Henna Night takes you on a journey full of food, magic, and manipulation subtly exploring a darker side of love.
dir. Vicky Mather | 2010 | 11 min
Live action and stop-frame animation tell an enchanting story of clockwork lives in this multi-award-winning short.
dir. Medeni Griffiths | 2011 | UK/USA | 13 min
A chance encounter on a mountain road can lead to friendship and understanding or mistrust and betrayal.
OUR ORDERED LIVES
dir. Christine Entwistle | 2011 | 10 min
Escaping from the horror of her own actions, a young woman is catapulted from the claustrophobia of her West Cumbrian home, leaving a trail of feathers in her wake.
ON YOUR OWN
dir. Jane Linfoot | 2011 | 14 mins
Davidís attempt to leave residential care is thwarted as he struggles to find acceptance and connection in the outside world.