Day School: Women in Hong Kong Cinema


Mechanic’s Institute Library, Bradford

Saturday 9 December, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford


In the UK, we tend to think of Hong Kong Cinema in terms of martial arts and gangster films – and that it is a male-dominated cinema. But there have also been major female action stars and other important genres such as comedy, romance and melodrama which have lead roles for women.

One of the most distinguished of all Hong Kong’s directors is Ann Hui, best known in the UK for A Simple Life (HK 2011). Ms Hui started directing films in 1977 and she will be the day’s focus – along with some of China’s leading female stars such as Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and Vicky Zhao, all of whom have appeared in her films. Ann Hui has made all kinds of genre films as well as social realist dramas and historical dramas.

There will be a full screening, most likely The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (HK 2006). The title will be confirmed nearer the date.

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Tickets are £14 and £9 concessions.


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