Meets, it offers a chance for cineastes to spend an hour with some of the biggest names in independent film.
Summary: Teen stars Elle Fanning and Alice Englert talk outfits and BIFA
Hirshler will present a guest lecture at BIFAS
. Other lectures will also be held, and all lecture programs are free with show admission.
features 45 galleries from across the United States, Europe and Canada, and approximately one-third of the invited galleries are from Boston.
"The Iron Lady," which qualified for this year's BIFAs
by a quirk of the U.K.
But lest the BIFAs
be accused of losing their edge and simply rounding up a cosy cabal of usual suspects, several eminent past winners have been left out in the cold, with no room for Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights," Terence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea," Ken Loach's "Route Irish" or Michael Winterbottom's "Trishna."
This year's BIFAs
also represent a bittersweet swan song for the U.K.
The contrasting careers of Meadows and Nolan sum up the richness and diversity of British talent that the BIFAs
were created to celebrate.
The Roundhouse's impeccable rock 'n' roll credentials sit comfortably with the tradition of the BIFAs
, which consciously espouse a punk, indie spirit in contrast with the more staid, formal and elegant feel of the BAFTA awards.
avoid adhering to a strict interpretation of their name to spotlight the essential strength of British cinema, which takes money and talent promiscuously from anywhere it can find them and, at its best, is truly independent from narrow parochial preconceptions.
Meanwhile, DNA's "The Last King of Scotland" and "The History Boys," which are up for multiple BIFAs
, might have passed even under the old regulations, given that both are co-productions with Fox acting as one of several sources of finance.
That commitment to strictly defined notions of independence and Britishness has helped the BIFAs
gain in stature and importance over the years.