The British Council partnered with BAFTA to present the 'Brits to Watch: The Screenings' program, which introduced new British film talent to the the US industry audiences in NYC and LA.
BAFTA - Brits to Watch
The 2016 Program
Lady Macbeth by William Oldroyd (September 26-28)
William Oldroyd, director of Lady Macbeth, attended a series of bespoke meetings and screenings in New York and Los Angeles from September 26-28, 2016. His film is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's novella "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk, where a 19th century young bride is sold into marriage to a middle-aged man.
The 2015 Program
Special visit by John Maclean (April 21)
BAFTA-winning director John Maclean was presented at a screening of his debut feature film Slow West, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. On Tuesday 21 April, he was the guest of honor at a dinner in New York, where the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Learn more about this visit.
The Falling by Director/Writer Carol Morley (June 9-10)
The Falling is a 2014 British mystery drama film starring Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh. It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.
The Survivalist by Stephen Fingleton (October 6 in NYC and October 8 in LA)
On Tuesday 6 October at Soho House in New York, and Thursday 8 October at The London West Hollywood in Los Angeles, Stephen Fingleton was presented at a screening of his highly anticipated feature-length debut The Survivalist. The script garnered industry-wide attention when it featured on the Hollywood ‘Black List’ for the year’s best un-produced scripts in 2012, before topping the British Black List in 2013.
With three stellar performances at its core, The Survivalist is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world where resources have run out. The film premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 and was awarded a Special Mention by the jury in the Best New Narrative Director category. It was be released by Alchemy in the US in 2016.
The 2014 Program
Belle by Amma Asante (April 1-2)
This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, but her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Kelly + Victor by Kieran Evans (May 6 and 8)
Kelly + Victor is a 2012 British romantic drama film written and directed by Kieran Evans, based on Niall Griffiths' novel of the same name.
Lilting by Hong Khaou (June 10 and 12)
Set in contemporary London, this film tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son whose world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe the difficulties the mother and stranger have in trying to communicate and connect without a common language. Through a translator, they slowly piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly, and realize that while they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief.
'71 by Yann Demange (August 27 and September 2)
'71 is a 2014 British film set in Northern Ireland. Written by Gregory Burke and directed by Yann Demange, '71 tells the story of a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot in Belfast at the height of the Troubles in 1971.