The First Film Club present Gurinder Chadha’s debut, Bhaji On The Beach, plus Toby Fell-Holden’s short film Balcony and a live Q&A with the directors. After the films, Chadha and Fell-Holden will discuss their creative process, the struggles and successes that come with the art of filmmaking, and what happens after the all-important debut.
Stick around afterwards for a social in the upstairs bar (until 23.30) to continue the conversation and meet fellow filmmakers and fans.
Written by actress Meera Syal, Chadha’s comedy-drama follows a group of Indian women of different ages who escape to Blackpool for a day out away from the men in their lives. The generation gap, and clashing views on tradition and modernism, cause tensions between them, while personal upsets and problems come to boiling point throughout the day.
Bhaji On The Beach will be preceded by Fell-Holden’s short film Balcony, which won over 30 awards at various festivals around the world, including a prestigious Crystal Bear at the 66th Berlinale. Tina, a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to Dana, an Afghani girl, whom Tina tells us is oppressively victimised by her substance abusing father, Karim. Initially, we trust Tina and admire her protectiveness of Dana from the kids at school and on the violent estate, but as we watch their friendship blossom we come to suspect that something is off.