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Half The Picture: 0.006% of Hollywood Directors From BAME Backgrounds

“When you see the same kinds of stories over and over from the same perspective, it’s not representative of people living in society; women’s voices are certainly marginalised and women of colour are basically erased.” – Amy Adrion Half The Picture (2018), directed by Amy Adrion, comes at a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood. Successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers in a film that doesn’t pull any punches about what the realities are for women in the industry, specifically in Hollywood. Nevertheless, it still manages to offer an inspiring sense of fight and hope and the first glimpse of a future that values women directors’ voices equally to those of men. Amy Adrion’s documentary feature began life being funded solely on credit cards, similar to many of us starting our projects, and gathered momentum as more interviews were conducted and finances were…

Columbus: Architecture and Love in a Modern Age

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. It is here that Jin also strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. Their friendship leads to Jin and Casey exploring both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. Whilst Casey shares her passion for the local architecture and the solace that she finds in the sometimes misplaced works of arts that are part of the landscape, hidden amongst petrol stations, malls and hospitals. Casey shows Jin the restorative power that architecture has had on her life, whilst helping her manage her dysfunctional relationship with her mother during her…