Cinema is where people connect.

After the successful launch of the Opening Screening at the Cinema in Battersea Power Station London on the 26th of MayOdyssey 2023 will charge on and showcase over 70 films online and offline across the country in June.

Linda Conroy joins us from Maynooth University in Ireland and she will share her thoughts on Odyssey 2023’s programme with 5 guest post articles.

“Hi, my name is Linda. I am a Chinese and Philosophy student at Maynooth University in Ireland. Each year the university runs an innovative Summer Programme for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) whereby students can work closely with faculty members. I am delighted to have been selected and will be jointly mentored by Dr Meishan Zhang of the Chinese Studies Department and Dr Hiu Man Chan of UK-China Film Collab. I will be assisting with her project: The Influence of Films on Students’ Chinese Language Learning Experience.

We are excited to collaborate with Odyssey 2023 on the project. This partnership provides us with a special chance to explore student engagement with film. As part of our pilot study, I will act as the case study student, selecting five films from each strand throughout the festival’s vibrant programme to review here on the blog.

As well as philosophy and languages, I also have an interest in the visual arts, holding a degree in Photography from Belfast School of Art.” 


Strand: Biodiversity
Film: Earthworth

Earthworm is a story about endurance, friendship and making a difference. This short captivating documentary showcases the dedication of two young students committed to making a positive impact. You will find yourself laughing along with and rooting for them as they face the challenges of scientific research.   

It is a deceptively simple story that addresses the urgent issues of climate change, waste reduction, and recycling while emphasizing the vital role of biodiversity in our journey towards carbon neutrality. Part meditation, part experiment, it explores the intricate ecosystems that maintain and support life. We discover how even the humble earthworm can affect the world we live in and ask ourselves what role ordinary people can play in the protection of our environment. 


Watch the film now here until 30 June.



Cinema is where people connect.

60+ films, masterclasses, discussion panels and exclusive Q&As.

Odyssey is the biggest annual film festival in the UK, bridging curious audience with Greater China and overseas Chinese communities. The theme for 2023 is ‘Global Sustainability’.

Presented by UK-China Film Collab (UCFC)
Festival Date: 26 May – 30 June 2023
Format: Offline in Person and Online via Shift 72
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