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Chinese characters in British film (Q&A)
BFI Curator Dylan Cave, filmmaker/novelist Xiaolu Guo (She, a Chinese) and screenwriter Selina Lim (Painkiller) introduce the ‘Chinese Britain on Film’ collection.
Inside Film 2014
The BFI’s Chinese Britain on Film collection charts the history of Chinese representation in British cinema, from silent tales of sensational exoticism to more authentic self-portraits by contemporary Chinese-British filmmakers. BFI Curator Dylan Cave, filmmaker/novelist Xiaolu Guo (She, a Chinese) and screenwriter Selina Lim (Painkiller) introduce the collection.
Chinese Britain on Film
Chinese in Wartime Britain
Government sponsored film 1944 10 mins Location: London
A documentary about the benefits and influences of Chinese immigration on Britain’s home front.
Drama 1995 26 mins Location: Kilburn
Beautiful, bittersweet tale of love, longing and Elvis. Xiao Mei leaves China for marriage in Britain. But her true desire is to find her family.
Magazine and Review show 1982 9 mins
Pioneering Chinese feminist and revolutionary Qiu Jin is remembered through mime and dance by the British performer Jacqui Chan.
Non-Fiction 1967 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Will a dispute between China and Britain over Hong Kong harm sales in Birmingham's busy Chinese restaurants?
Eng Family Home Movies
Amateur film 1930 20 mins Silent
Extra scenes from the Eng family's home movies, including trips to Germany and China
Eng Family and Children
Amateur film 1930 14 mins Silent Location: Wembley
Enjoy fun in the garden, a picnic and a trip to the beach with the Eng brothers in this amateur film
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.