Odyssey: a Chinese cinema season – 60+ films in 8 curated sections, 10 discussion panels, exclusive Q&As and 4 awards. A not-to-be-missed festival in the UK to celebrate international cinema!

What is a ‘Twin Flame’? A ‘Twin Flame’ can be described as a deep connection between two people, or perhaps two nations. This panel, convened and presented by Lily Collinson and Leo Dong, will discuss the reception of British films in China in the hope of reinforcing this ‘twin flame’ connection between our nations, through a mutual appreciation of cinema.

How are UK films received by a Chinese audience? Using data from sites such as Douban, the panellists will discuss the reception of the following British films in China: 1917, Death on the Nile, Earth: One Amazing Day, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Sense and Sensibility. The appeal of these films to a Chinese audience varies from the charm of gentlemen and ‘Britishness’ to fan culture and fraternity. 

The panel will explore the reasons for the relative success or failure of the films by analysing reviews, translated by Leo Dong, from Chinese cinephiles and evaluate the reasoning for their positive or negative perception. The panel hopes to answer what makes a British film successful in China and how the reception of British films in China can be improved in the future.

*This panel will be conducted in English.

Running Order:

1.Presentation by Leo and Lily, including discussion: 30-45 mins.

2.Q&A session with audience: 15 mins

Date: 13 May 2022, Friday | 13:00 – 14:00 pm BST (20:00-21:00 pm CN time)

Format: Online Panel Discussion via Zoom

Register your place here.



Lily Collinson 

Lily Collinson is a second year Chinese and Spanish Studies student at Lancaster University. As Lead Literary Curator and Publicist at UK China Film Collab, her project is the curation of a film journal, named ‘Twin Flame’, collating cross-cultural discussion between British and Chinese students. She will spend her third year at the National Tsinghua University in Taiwan, before she will commence her dissertation on ‘Chinese Film and the Body’ in her final year.

Contact Information:

Email: lily.collinson@ukchinafilm.uk


Leo Dong 

With a cross-cultural background and international producing experience, Leo Dong used to work in the Chinese ad industry for 3 years.He worked in the film crew for the Untamed, directed its behind-the-scenes documentary. He currently studies film directing at the University of Edinburgh as a postgraduate.

Contact Information:

Email: xiangqin.dong@ukchinafilm.uk


Panel 1: TwinFlame: the receptions of British cinema among a Chinese audience

Panel 2: Virtual Production & Potential Impact on Film Co-production

Panel 3: Women’s practice in the contemporary Chinese film industry: female film programmers on the rise

Panel 4: Potentials and Obstacles for British cinema showcase in China 

Panel 5: Chinese regional cinemas

Panel 6: Global sustainability as a storytelling strategy for non-Hollywood films

Panel 7: Future development of Chinese animation industry and international collaboration

Panel 8: An investigation into current press coverages of Chinese-language films in the UK

Panel 9: New business ideas and model for UK-China film collaboration

Panel 10: New distribution strategies for Chinese films in the UK 

About Odyssey

Odyssey aims to empower a shared appreciation of film, to create an inclusive cinematic experience, and to encourage cross-cultural understanding. From 10th May to 10th June 2022, with more than 40 films in 8 curated sections, 10 panel discussions and many inspiring Q&A sessions, we will bring you a whole month of outstanding and innovative Chinese cinema that promises to illuminate your mind. The festival will not only introduce the latest young Chinese film talents to the UK audience, but also provide forums for professionals to exchange creativity and business ideas.

Odyssey will take place in a hybrid format in 2022. The opening film screening will be hosted in person by our venue partner, the Picturehouse Cinemas, in London and Edinburgh on 10th May with a reception. Most of the programme will be available online for all audiences across the country, and we will also organise several pop-up special cinema screenings throughout. The online festival platform of Odyssey will be powered by Shift 72.



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Apart from his property business, Azad has been generously giving back to society as a reputable philanthropist. He is a keen supporter of some of the most prestigious charities in the UK, including Able Child Africa, Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity, Television for the Environment (Trustee), Royal Institute (Patron) and many more.

We would like to thank Mr Azad Ayub for his generous support toward our Odyssey journey.


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Festival Date: 10th May – 10th June 2022
Format: Offline in London, Edinburgh, and Online via Shift 72
Presented by UK-China Film Collab
Festival Website: odysseychinesecinema.uk
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