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The Female Touch

Date posted: 09.03.2011

The Birds Eye View film festival (BEV) returns this year with its seventh offering. The launch of the festival yesterday coincided with the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and until 17 March, BEV will be serving up a carefully curated programme of international features, short films and special events for London audiences.

Celebrating and highlighting the role of women in the film industry both in front of and behind the camera, Birds Eye View (BEV) is a regular fixture on the London film festivals calendar. Spanning across three venues - the BFI Southbank, ICA and the South Bank Centre - this year's festival is set to continue exploring the diverse themes taken on by women in the film industry. Previews, live scores, events, on stage Q&As and panel events and training are intertwined amongst great programming.

Innovative, Award-winning and Scary

Turner Prize winner and FLAMIN-supported artist film-maker Gillian Wearing will be presenting a screening of her innovative debut feature Self Made on 11 March at the ICA. Sourcing her cast from the general public, the film explores deep personal matters with often revealing and disturbing results. Wearing, who presented the film during the 54th BFI London Film Festival in October last year, will be joining some of the participants in the film for a Q&A following a screening.

On 16 March, London-born documentary film-maker Lucy Walker will also be presenting Countdown to Zero. Walker, who was this year nominated for an Academy Award® for documentary Waste Land, will be presenting the compelling investigation into nuclear arms proliferation followed by a masterclass at the BFI Southbank.

Meanwhile, Bloody Women is a series of screenings which takes a look at the contribution of female film-makers to the horror and gothic genres, with an exciting line-up including Oscar®-winner Kathryn Bigelow's vampire revival Near Dark. The festival has also commissioned live scores by female musicians to accompany classics from the silent era of film for Sound & Silents, a true exploration of both visual and aural perception.

Birds Eye View will also be hosting the London premiere of the winner of this year's Oscar® for best foreign film, Susanne Bier's In a Better World. Also receiving its London premiere is The Imperialists Are Still Alive, a humorous look to post 9/11 America by Zeina Durra, which will be followed by a Q&A with the director. 

Hands On Help


In a bid to promote and champion a variety of voices in film-making, BEV and Branchage are hosting drop in sessions for film-makers. At Open Surgery on 12 March, film-makers are invited to come by and share their short film projects for advice or general feedback from experienced industry professionals including the director of the London Short Film Festival, Philip Ilson, film writer Hannah Patterson and film-maker Ben Blaine.

For those looking for a more laidback approach, film-makers network Shooting People is offering Meet the Filmmakers on 11 March - an opportunity to mingle with like-minded people and chat over a cup of tea and some cake.

Birds Eye View runs until 17 March across the capital. To find out more about the films on offer and the programme of events, please visit the festival's website

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