Running from November 2019 through to March 2020, Bvlgari Hotel London’s Breakthrough Women in Film Series is all about championing young female filmmakers and female-driven storylines. Four screenings will take place across the series, each followed by a live Q&A session with the director or leading cast members. At each event, guests will be served a selection of canapes with champagne and wine.
Kicking things off on 21 November is Mirrah Foulkes’ reinterpretation of the traditional Punch and Judy story, starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) and Damon Herriman (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood).
Next up is Janice Engel’s documentary Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, which follows the life of Texas media firebrand Molly Ivins. Engel will be travelling from LA to host the evening and join for the post-screening Q&A.
In February Portrait of A Lady on Fire will be screened, a story of obsession written and directed by Céline Sciamma. The film takes inspiration from the work of by legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock. Set on an isolated island in 18th century Brittany, it tells the story of the young daughter of a female countess, who develops a mutual attraction for the female artist commissioned to paint her wedding portrait.
Finishing off the series is Love Type D, writer and director Sasha Collington’s film debut. It tells the tale of 27-year-old Frankie, who – after being dumped for the 12th time – discovers she has a ‘loser in love’ gene that predisposes her to chronic rejection. Frustrated at the lack of a cure, Frankie sets out on a quest to try and change her romantic future. Sasha will be in attendance to host a post-screening Q&A.
Bvlgari Hotel’s Screening Room, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
21 and 22 November 2019: Judy & Punch, 22 and 23 January 2020: Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, 17 and 18 February 2020: Portrait of A Lady on Fire, 11 and 12 March: Love Type D
Arrive from 6.30pm, screening begins at 7.15pm.
Suggested donation of £20 to attend each screening, with all proceeds going towards Save The Children. Bookings for the first screening available at eventbrite.com