Thu 3 Dec 2015, 6.30pm

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Cinema 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Image: Still from Ackee and Saltfish by Cecile Emeke.

Making Films Against the Odds

Who can make films today and who can make a living as a filmmaker? What ‘kinds’ of films are possible in the UK these days?

While equipment has become cheaper and more widely available and films can be distributed and watched on a wider variety of platforms, the diversity of filmmaking in the UK is not a given outcome.

How do austerity and the shrinking of public funding to the arts impact filmmakers and filmmaking?

Is filmmaking “essentially a bourgeois sport” as claimed by filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones in the recent Toronto Film Festival? Can filmmaking ever be a Meritocracy?

Join a panel of filmmakers for an evening of screenings and debate about the ways to ensure UK film culture maintains and increases its diversity of talent and films


Christopher Andrews is an emerging writer-director talent whose screenplays frequently set classic genres against English backdrops. Growing up between Manchester and the post-industrial town of Barrow-in-Furness, Chris spent his formative years escaping into the wild uplands of Cumbria and Northumbria. During this time he formed a lasting relationship with the landscape and culture of these regions, which permeates much of his work.

Cecile Emeke is a director, writer and artist from London, she is most known for the global online documentary series ‘strolling’ and the short film turned web series ‘ackee & saltfish’. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Washington Post, Afropunk, the BFI London Film Festival and more.

Destiny Ekaragha is an independent filmmaker or more specifically a writer/director, she directed the feature film Gone Too Far! an adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s 2007 play. She was nominated as Best British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival 2013.

Simran Hans is a writer, researcher and film programmer living in London.

BAFTA’s Director of Learning & Events, Tim Hunter who has worked in education in the cultural sector for past 10 years.