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Paralympic Film to Premiere at East End Film Festival

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Pleased to announce that All Eyes on Us, a 26' documentary about the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games will have it's world premiere public screening at this year's East End Film Festival. Last summer Eelyn Lee and her crew of local young filmmakers were granted unique access to rehearsals taking place in secret locations around East London. The film captures the spirit of an Olympic summer through the experiences of four inspiring performers.

'The East End Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere our film which is a story about the world's eyes all focussing on a major event in East London.' Eelyn Lee

The film will screen at the Rio cinema in Dalston on Sunday 30th June at 1.30pm. For ticket info click here. Watch the trailer above and get updates on the Facebook page. Watch the subtitled version here.

For more details about All Eyes on Us which was commissioned by A New Direction see our project page or check the film's website.

Delivering the Barbican Film Box

We are happy to be working with the Barbican Centre in delivering their first ever Barbican Film Box, an exciting self-contained filmmaking resource for teachers. Filmmakers from Eelyn Lee Productions recently ran two intensive, hands-on training days for 10 of the teaching staff who will be rolling out film projects in their schools.

After making three short films in only two days we look forward to seeing what their students produce later this year.

Truce Triptych Selected for Festival in Paris

Image from Truce Triptych by Eelyn Lee

Hot on the heels of Life and Deaf picking up the RITTER SPORT Film Prize in Berlin last month, we are delighted to announce that another of short film by Eelyn Lee has been selected for an international festival. Truce Triptych will screen as part of this year's Les Rencontres Internationales [The International Meeting] in Paris which runs from 30th Nov - 8th Dec.

Inspired by Old Master paintings, Truce Triptych comprises three slow-moving tableaux images depicting scenes of conflict and resolution on the streets, at home and in the workplace. It has already been well-received in the Tanks at Tate Modern and at various Peace One Day events.

Eelyn Lee worked in collaboration with young people from east London; cinematographer Winstan Whitter and photographers Tim & Barry to create this compelling piece of moving image work.

The film was commissioned by A New Direction as part of their Headstart Programme.
Find out more about the project here

Life and Deaf Selected for Festival in Ukraine


Life and Deaf will screen at 'CYCLOP' as part of the 2nd International Videopoetry Festival in Kiev, Ukraine on 17th / 18th November. The festival programmers have selected the Best of Berlin's Zebra Poetry Film Festival so we're pleased that the film will be reaching even wider audiences across the globe.

Life & Deaf Selected for Film Festival in Berlin


Our short film poem Life & Deaf, directed by Eelyn Lee has been selected for this year's 6th Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. From almost 900 entries only 30 films have been chosen for the competition selection so we're very excited to be attending the festival which runs from 18th - 21st October. Some of the young deaf Londoners who were involved in the film will also be attending so we look forward to representing the Poetry Filmmaking Team GB.

Life and Deaf was commissioned by the Life and Deaf Association and has so far been premiered at The South Bank Centre and extracts featured on BBC's See Hear. The film will go live online later this year.

Successful Screening in Paris

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

On 6th December Truce Triptych screened at Paris's Palais de Tokyo, one of Europe's major visual arts venues. It was programmed as part of Les Rencontres Internationales a festival celebrating new cinema and contemporary art. Artist and filmmaker Eelyn Lee was in attendance at the screening and says,

"It was great to have the film selected for an international arts festival and to see the work presented in this amazing space. It is exciting to be making work that can play in both gallery and cinema contexts."

Watch Truce Triptych here 


Life and Deaf Screening at Barbican Centre

Still from Life and Deaf directed by Eelyn Lee

On the back of winning the RITTER SPORT Film Prize in Berlin last month, the Barbican Centre are screening Life & Deaf before Penny Woolcock’s new documentary One Mile Away as part of their FRAMED film festival.

Eelyn Lee will be leading the Q&A with Penny Woolcock and two of the contributors from her film at the end of the night. Get your tickets here


Life and Deaf Picks up Award in Berlin


On Sunday evening our film, Life and Deaf picked up one of the three main prizes at the 6th Zebra Poetry Film Festival. The 'RITTER SPORT Film Prize' was awarded to Director Eelyn Lee during the closing ceremony in Berlin's Babylon Cinema. Eelyn says, ".... It's great to have the film recognised and encouraging to know that it reaches out to international audiences...."  

Two of the young deaf poets and actors also attended the festival. Nadeem who plays the angry young man in the film made an impassioned plea to a packed auditorium: ".... you don't have to feel guilty about us. We're deaf and we're OK .... really, we're OK...." 

Life and Deaf will launch online early next year. In the meantime watch this space for special screenings.........


UK talent is Celebrated in Berlin
Another UK Filmmaker won the 'Goethe Film Prize' at the festival. 'I Come From' features a poem and performance by Joseph Buckley and is beautifully illustrated by mesmerizing shots of Leeds. The short film is part of a feature-length documentary, We Are Poets. It's great that Zebra Poetry Film Festival has acknowledged both of our films which celebrate young people from UK cities.


Two Nations Ident Goes Live

A third of Londoners were born in another country. Who will you be cheering for in the Olympic & Paralympic Games?

We have just finished overseeing two young filmmakers from Constant Pictures make an ident to promote an interesting event taking place this Thursday 21st June, 6.30 - 9.00pm at Freeword in Farringdon. Muzzammil Hashmi and Sandy Abdelrahman Co-Produced and Directed this great little sting from initial concept to the final edit.

Constant Pictures will be filming at the event which will feature poets, films and discussions introduced by BBC Radio 1xtra breakfast show presenter, GEMMA CAIRNEY

Tickets available here
Join the Two Nations Facebook page


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