Wednesday the 7th of April, 7.30pm
We invite you to join us for our next event ‘Championing Womens’ Voices In Film’ consisting of an all-female panel being hosted by Urvisha from the Big Picture Film Club.
We want to shine a spotlight on the women making films in modern Britain, talking about the challenges you have faced in succeeding (and even existing) within the industry.
We also want to explore how the change of culture in the last few years has affected the film industry and women’s roles within it, as well as looking at the consequences of COVID-19 for film-makers everywhere.
And finally, maybe most importantly, what can we do as individuals and companies to create a more level playing field for people of all genders and backgrounds to enter and succeed in the creative industries.
This will take place on Wednesday the 7th of April, starting at 7.30pm
To accompany this event, we will be selecting the top 6 films on the BirdBox.Film platform that showcase female stories and storytellers.
Meet The Panel
Producer | Actor | Designer | Author
With over three decades in film, theatre and television, Sadie Frost is Producer, Actor, Designer and Author, starring in such films as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Tv Drama’s such as Uprising, and working with directors including Francis Ford Coppola and Paul W.S Anderson.
In 1999, Frost set up production company Natural Nylon with fellow actors Jude Law, Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller, which went on to produce the science fiction/horror feature ‘eXistenZ’ in 1999, followed by ‘Nora’. Frost then went on to co-produce the Angelina Jolie and Gwenyth Paltrow starrer Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
In 2012, Frost co-founded the production company Blonde to Black Pictures with producer and long-term friend Emma Comley. Dedicated to developing challenging and quality films, whilst also nurture exciting new talent.
Director | Actress | Writer
Known for My Feral Heart (2016), The Haunted Hotel(2021) and Sunny Boy (2011).
Jane’s debut feature film My Feral Heart became UK’s #1 cinema-on-demand film of all time in partnership with Ourscreen. It won 14 international awards including Best Director and Best Feature and was nominated for a Bifa award for best Director.
She has written and directed several acclaimed shorts including the multi award winning Sunny Boy, acquired by CH4 and ARTE TV
Producer | Executive Producer | Director | Financier
Kirsty Bell is a Producer, seasoned Executive Producer, Debut Director and Chartered Tax Advisor who has spent much of her early career at the top of global accountancy firms before founding Goldfinch.
This combined expertise has seen her focus on the structuring of entertainment companies and their finance raises since 1996.
Since she founded Goldfinch in 2014 she has raised over $350m for the industry and achieved in excess of 70 Producer / Executive Producer credits to her name. for a stable of 200 + projects across the Film, TV, Animation and Video Games sectors.
Goldfinch is a vertically integrated Studio with finance, production and distribution capabilities, launching birdbox.film earlier this year.
In 2020, she made her directorial debut with A Bird Flew In.
Artist | Writer | Production | Costume Design
Trinity Tristan is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, costume designer, and director. In her early 20’s she went through gender reassignment. Through this, she became fascinated by the attributable traits of trans fluidity. Having one foot in both sexes, she sees as a mediator role between genders. Trinity documents the ‘normality’ and nuances of emotional milestones and the development of personal characteristics when reaching gender realisation at a much later age. This informs her humorous and often sombre gaze that depicts a glossy journey to acceptance in oneself.
Her work has been showcased by the likes of The Saatchi Gallery and published in books and publications such as Gasp. Living in London Trinity continues to produce work aimed to inspire acceptance in one’s fullest form.
Alongside this; Trinity works as a production & costume designer for film music and fashion. She is always accompanied by a point-and-shoot camera, this fuels her inspiration and the pictures are directed away from her own existence, to be part of someone or something else’s narrative. Her pictures are met with written pieces documented via her online journal.
She maintains her artistic practice as a sense of narrative, reflection, and escapism. She ode’s to an ‘Anywhere but here’ mentality that removes herself from her own existence and places her among an abstract sense of beauty and drama.
Producer | Director | Writer
Victoria embarked on writing and directing when as a news journalist, she accidentally on purpose filmed a drunken fight, syndicated out of context nationally by media outlets in the UK as evidence of Britain’s late-night alcohol drinking problem, getting out of control. Seeing the power of video stories to spark conversation, she enrolled for an MFA to figure out how to do it properly.
She is now focused on developing work as a Writer/Director. A video she shot on impulse whilst on holiday, resulted in a short documentary that was an Official Selection of Rotterdam Film Festival 2016 and won the Best Non-Scripted Short at Triforce 2016.
Her spec feature script Street Food, which has received development funding from Screen Scotland, is selected for the Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey backed Writers Lab NYC 2020, and IFP Week 2020.
She is in post-production on Born In New York, Raised In Paris, a feature documentary that chronicles the role of hip hop in empowering disenfranchised youths in France to highlight and protest police brutality, which has received funding from Screen Scotland.
She is one of nine directors selected for the inaugural Sharp Shorts 2020, a new opportunity for Scotland’s most exciting emerging creatives to shake up the form and distinctively stamp the nation on the filmmaking map.
As a producer, her films have screened at festivals internationally and broadcast on TV. With a passion for politics and comedy, her films tend to combine these, often using satire to explore or comment on sociopolitical dynamics. She graduated from the law school of the University Of Birmingham before completing an MFA in Film.
She is a voting member of BAFTA Scotland and is the Course Leader for the Masters of Arts (MA) in International Film Business at London Film School. She serves as a juror for the BIFA’s and is an alumnus of the UK’s National Film & Television School. She is previously selected for Berlinale Talents, Jihlava Documentary Film Festivals Emerging Producers program and EAVE.
Co Founder – Big Picture Film Club