A season dedicated to Ann Hui, one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed directors, featuring five of her key works spanning more than five decades launches at the Garden Cinema in London from today.

Hailed as one of the most important filmmakers of the Hong Kong New Wave, director, producer, screenwriter, and actress Ann Hui is known for deeply humanistic works exploring a wide range social issues, in particular the stories of women. The recipient of a long list of awards at prestigious festivals, including a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice in 2020, Hui’s films all have in common a blend of moving storytelling, grounded drama, and cinematic poetry. Despite this, relatively few of her films have screened or are available to view in the UK, which has left many of her key works unseen.

Celebrating Ann Hui gives audiences a chance to explore Hui’s career from her debut through to her most recent work, offering a comprehensive programme of films from different stages of her cinematic practice on the big screen. Films include a rare screening of her little-seen but highly acclaimed feature debut The Secret (1979), award-winning refugee drama Boat People (1982), moving mediations on the nature of family and generational differences Summer Snow (1995) and A Simple Life (2011), and Elegies (2023), a long-planned passion project delving into Hong Kong history and culture through her love of poetry. The season finishes with a look back at Hui’s work through a special screening of Man Lim-chung’s acclaimed documentary Keep Rolling (2020), featuring interviews and archival footage exploring her forty years in the film industry against the backdrop of a changing Hong Kong.

This season is a joint presentation by Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong, supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office London.

Above content is from the Season’s public announcement, not our own.

Feature image from BOAT PEOPLE (1982) by Ann Hui.