The glamorous, gutsy and acclaimed Birds Eye View Film Festival (BEV), which takes place in London,
celebrates its seventh year from 8 – 17 March 2011, once again in partnership with
BFI Southbank and the ICA, with an eclectic, electrifying celebration of the film
world’s most outstanding women.
BEV 2011 features hotly-tipped preview screenings – including Kelly Reichardt’s
Meek’s Cutoff, starring Michelle Williams in a moving tale of families cut off from
the 1845 Portland Oregon trail – and other new work from around the world; new
partnerships with Film4 FrightFest for an innovative exploration of the role of
women in horror, and with New Delhi’s Asian Women’s Film Festival; archive
silent films with specially commissioned live scores by top female musicians for
Sounds & Silents; a BFI retrospective of Hollywood’s iconic women; short film
showcases of the best emerging international female talent; regulars Fashion
Loves Film and Music Loves Video; and an abundance of debates, parties,
workshops, events and celebrities, alongside the coveted BEV Festival Awards.
A twist for 2011, Bloody Women: from Gothic to Horror slashes stereotypes to
uncover women’s vital contribution to horror, from gothic psychodrama to vampire
chic. The programme encompasses cutting-edge releases; silent classics Dr Jekyll
& Mr Hyde (scr. Academy Award-winner Frances Marmion), The Wind (scr. Clara
Beranger, starring ‘first lady of the silent screen’ Lilian Gish) and The Seashell and
the Clergyman (dir. Germaine Dulac); and Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s
seminal Near Dark (1987), which single-handedly revived the modern vampire.
Linda Ruth Williams, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Southampton
and a regular contributor to Sight and Sound & Woman’s Hour, said: “The role of
female artists in horror is hugely underplayed – from Mary Shelley’s gothic fiction to
seminal contemporary films like Near Dark. The Bloody Women programme offers a
rare and valuable showcase of women’s contribution to the genre.”
Since its debut Festival in 2005, BEV has amassed critical and industry acclaim for its high-quality, inventive programme now visited by over 10,000 people per year. BEV is also a dynamic year-round force in celebrating and advancing the role of women filmmakers, from training and development work to tirelessly promoting the best new releases through the BEV First Weekenders’ Club.
Alongside headline screenings, BEV showcases cross-arts filmmaking, runs vital
training and networking events, and always adds a splash of glamour. Fashion
Loves Film 2010 featured work by photographers Toyin and Camille Vivier and
director Sarah Chatfield; while previous masterclass speakers include Mary
Harron (American Psycho) and Susanne Bier (After The Wedding). Alongside the
legendary Festival party, whose alumni include Florence and the Machine (before
they were famous), BEV 2010 featured an all-out roller derby at the BFI Southbank
for the premiere of Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It. Previous guests
include Gillian Anderson (alternative Oscar night); musician Imogen Heap (for
Sounds & Silents); awards hosts Sally Hawkins, Andrea Riseborough, Bonnie
Wright, Shazia Mirza; and speakers Meera Syal, Juliet Stevenson and Jo Brand.
“The festival is always one of the highlights of my year – the films are outstanding.
It’s so important that we celebrate the contribution of women filmmakers fromaround the world and champion emerging talent” – Sally Hawkins (actress, Happy-Go-Lucky, Made In Dagenham)
“Birds Eye View is the leading organisation for showcasing the work of women filmmakers, and nurturing a new generation of female writers and directors and I’m thrilled to be part of it” – Elizabeth Karlson (producer, Made In Dagenham)
“A terrific initiative. The films are all fresh, unexpected, skilful, and make the viewer think and feel new things. If this is what being a bird is, I’m proud to be one” -Joanna Lumley OBE
“A glamorous bunch with impeccable taste in movies… The Birds Eye View festival
should be marked in the calendar of every film-lover.” – The Times
“Smart, sexy and subversive” – The Guardian