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Romola Garai to be opening speaker at International Women's Day Gala in London

Romola Garai in Glorious 39

Preview by Jack Foley

ROMOLA Garai will be the opening speaker at Birds Eye View’s International Women’s Day Gala at London’s Southbank on March 8, 2012.

The two-time Golden Globe nominated actress, best known for roles in Atonement and The Hour, will introduce a specially curated programme of five short films from around the world.

Chilling drama, comedy musical, innovative animation and documentary demonstrate the breadth and power of the next generation of women filmmakers.

Two of the filmmakers are joined for post-show discussion by writer-director Sally El Hosaini (who will be sharing clups from My Brother The Devil, her debut feature film that has taken Sundance and Berlin by storm) and Moira Buffini (screenwriter Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre).

All tickets holders are invited to attend the after-party, at which DJ Nemone (BBC Radio 6 Music) will accompany free Mary Pickford cocktails (made with Alnwick rum) and Borough Market’s own Roast beer.

The programme is as follows…

The Red Virgin (UK premiere)
Dir. Sheila Pye; 17 min

Hildegart Rodríguez Carballeira was born in Madrid in 1914 to her mother Aurora, who pledged to bring her up as the world’s first fully free woman. In 1933 Aurora killed her daughter for having failed. Spanish stars Maribel Verdú and Ivana Baquero lead this drama based on a staggering true story.

Dir. Kirsten Lepore; 5 min

This touching and visually stunning stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle. Only Kirsten’s third release, it has won awards at Slamdance, the Stuttgart Animation festival, the BAFTAs and more.

Dir. Halima Ouardiri; 15 min

Based on a true story, Mokhtar recounts the tale of a young boy who finds a fallen owl and decides to keep it, despite the fact that the bird is considered a bad omen.

Sinema Leo (UK premiere)
Dir. Christiane Buchmann; 4 min

Elisonguo Kiwia loves movies and dreams of creating a thriving film industry in his home country Tanzania. He drives his truck into far flung villages, captivating audiences with the help of a petrol powered projector.

Baldguy (UK Premiere)
Dir. Maria Bock; 12 min

A slick and stylish comic musical about being who you are and loving whomever you want.

Sally El Hosaini – Post Screening Discussion

Welsh-Egyptian writer-director Sally El Hosaini first became involved with Birds Eye View in 2010, with the BEV & Script Factory’s She Writes training programme. Her debut feature My Brother The Devil won the World Cinema Cinematography Award at Sundance and Europa Cinemas’ Best European Film at Berlin this year.

Moira Buffini – Post Screening Discussion

Described by David Grieg as a metaphysical playwright, actor turned writer Moira Buffini’s most recent screen hits were her adaptations of Tamara Drewe (2010) and Jane Eyre (2011), both gaining her critical praise and audience delight.

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