British Council, BFI team with Shanghai festival
by Naman Ramachandran
- Contemporary British films, Hitchcock restorations part of programme
The British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) have announced a new relationship with the ongoing Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-23). As part of this, several contemporary BFI Film Fund backed films including The Angel’s Share [+see also:
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A BFI delegation led by BFI CEO Amanda Nevill and including Creative Director Heather Stewart and Head of International Isabel Davis, are attending the festival to meet Chinese counterparts. Les Miserables director Tom Hooper is the head of the festival jury and Helen Mirren will present Hitchcock where she stars as the director’s wife Alma. An UK/China exchange programme in 2014 will see the largest ever retrospective of Chinese cinema at BFI Southbank.
Briony Hanson, Director Film, British Council, said, “It’s so exciting to be able to see such a positive UK presence in SIFF this year following on from the groundwork the British Council has been doing to build audiences and interest in British arts.”
Nevill said, “To see Chinese audiences embracing British film is thrilling and its fantastic that we are able to give what is one of the world’s most important cinema-going nations the opportunity to see both the best of British screen heritage and modern British filmmaking. I hope these are just the beginnings of an even closer collaborative relationship between the UK and China.”
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