As part of the Chinese Cinema Season, the UK-China Film Collab will organise and host 9 discussion panels during the festival period, between February and April. Dedicated to a wide range of topics, they aim to extend debate and enquiry regarding challenges and possibilities in film-related exchange between the two countries.

Panel 2: British East/Southeast Asian Women in Film and TV

Date & Time: 19th February, 14.30 GMT | Format: Live on Zoom

You can now catch up with the panel’s recording here.

This forum addresses female professionals’ strategic evocation of women’s issues as a way of expanding film art and culture beyond the white-male-dominated industry and patriarchal society. It aims to open up valuable insights into the public concerns of British East/Southeast female struggles and contributions to the UK’s film culture. Their artworks and practices challenge a conventional understanding of monolithic ‘Chinese’ culture constructed by the Western media. In order to explore the roles of British East/Southeast women in the screen industry, this forum facilitates discussions between female filmmaker, actor, producer, screenwriter, curator, academic, and entrepreneur in addressing specific issues involving race, gender, sexuality, and aesthetics. It hopes to build network connections and collaborations between film female filmmakers and professionals in the UK.



Dr Xiang Fan, Specialised Programme Lead Curator, UK-China Film Collab

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

Bec Boey, writer and actor

Rosa Fong, award-winning writer, director and academic at Edge Hill University

Mei Sim Lai OBE DL, Chair of Television for the Environment

Jennifer Lim, actor, filmmaker, theatre maker and co-artistic director of Moongate.

Huilin Proctor, producer and entrepreneur

Lucy Sheen, actor, published poet, playwright, filmmaker, activist and advocate

Dr Diana Yeh, curator and academic at City University

The views expressed by panellists do not necessarily reflect those held by the UK- China Film Collab nor Chinese Cinema Season.

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