‘Victoria Sin’ selected for London Film Festival

‘Victoria Sin’ will have its big screen premiere at BFI London Film Festival in their ‘Hoping, Fearing, Dreaming’ strand.

“My hope is that viewers will experience the transformative power of Victoria’s drag”, says Al-Kadhi of the project “and will watch this queer unicorn warrior be where they belong – in the cinematic grandeur, with a gaze that they own”.

London Film Festival runs from 4-15th October and is the UK’s largest and most prestigious film festival. You can get tickets to see the film HERE

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‘CLASH’ to be broadcast on BBC4, 9pm 24th September

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On 24th September at 9pm CLASH, the latest short film from Fox Cub Films, directed by the fabulous Amrou Al-Kadhi and produced by Savannah James-Bayly will be broadcast on BBC4 as part of their ‘Listen to Britain’ series, in partnership with the BFI.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of ‘Listen To Britain’ – Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister’s post-war propaganda film, which painted a poetic collage of a thriving and harmonious Britain – BBC4 in partnership with BFI Net.Work, commissioned a group of emerging filmmakers to capture the diversity of contemporary Britain in a series of new short films.

CLASH responded to this brief by considered the UK’s obsession with period dramas despite their failure to reflect modern diversity, and what it means for those excluded from this vision of Britain. Thanks to all the brilliant people whose work and support made it happen.

Be sure to tune in! You can also catch it on the big screen at BFI Southbank on 19th September! https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp…

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DEFINE GENDER: VICTORIA SIN

Fox Cub Films are proud to present our latest piece of work, for NOWNESS, directed by the incredible Amrou Al-Kadhi.

The film is a portrait of Victoria Sin, the iconic drag performer. Talking about Victoria, Amrou says:

“Victoria Sin is my hero. While many London drag queens have dismissed politics for social capital, Victoria’s drag constantly challenges, provokes, and rejuvenates the city’s queer spaces.

I’m so inspired by how Victoria unapologetically takes up space when they are in drag. They give spotlight and agency to the daily labors of femininity that are invisible and policed. My hope is that viewers will experience the transformative power of Victoria’s drag, and will watch this queer unicorn warrior be where they belong—in cinematic grandeur, with a gaze that they own.”

WATCH THE FILM

 

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BFI Flare x Net.Work

Each year, the grey London spring is made brighter by the arrival of BFI Flare Festival – one of the most prestigious LGBT film festivals in the world. For 10 days BFI Southbank becomes the home to a brilliantly diverse selection of international queer films and filmmakers. It’s one of my industry highlights of the year.

Three years ago Flare showed their commitment to nurturing emerging talent and established a mentorship scheme, which sees six emerging LGBT-identified filmmakers mentored by a senior figure from the film industry while developing industry knowledge, professional connections, and gaining an overview of LGBT features entering the marketplace.

I was delighted to be selected as a BFI Flare Mentee 2017 along with this truly brilliant cohort of fellow filmmakers. You can read more about us mentees here:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare/bfi-network-flare-mentorship-bafta-meet-filmmakers

 

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Edinburgh Talent Lab

We’re very pleased to announce that Fox Cub Films producer, Savannah James-Bayly, has been selected for Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab 2016!

The programme will include a host of seminars, workshops and 121 meetings and takes place across 17-20th June. Previous participants include Oscar Sharp, Michael Berliner, Tessa Inkelaar, Rachel Tunnard and Sarah Brocklehurst.

More info about the industry programmes at: http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/other-festivals/edinburgh/edinburgh-fest-reveals-industry-line-up/5104236.article?blocktitle=Latest-news&contentID=276

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The Power of Cinema – Oscars 2015

It was hugely uplifting that during last night’s ‪#‎oscars‬ so many of the talented winners used their platform to promote causes close to their hearts. Starting with Patricia Arquette’s call for true equality for women in the USA (with a fantastic reaction from Meryl Streep in the audience), followed by ‪#‎Common‬ & John Legend’s inspiring speech about the importance of the spirit of ‪#‎Selma‬ in today’s world with more black men incarcerated in the USA now than were trapped in slavery in 1850 (which was met with an emotional standing ovation), to Graham Moore’s incredibly brave message to “stay weird, stay different” & closing with Inarritu’s important reminder that modern America was build out of the work & talents of immigrants from around the world. To me that signifies the best of the industry – its important social value.

This is my own call for fellow filmmakers to follow in their remarkable footsteps. Use your talents to enact the change you want to see in the world, whether that be through the morality of your characters, the themes of your film, or on the podium accepting your very own awards.

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