Cinema - She, a Chinese (18)
Dir: Xiaolu Guo
UK/France/Germany/China 2009 1hr 43mins
Lu Huang, Wei Yi Bo, Geoffrey Hutchings
Contains strong sexual violence and sex
Xiaolu Guo's award winning 2009 film adaptation of her own novel centres around Mei, a young village woman who leads a monotonous life in her dusty hometown in rural China. Unfulfilled, she leaves for Beijing where tragedy strikes. Her restless nature compels her to England, where she drifts through a series of affairs discovering that "the west" – an idealised place of impossibly glamorous consumer riches – is just as tough as the place she left.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A Session with the film's director.
SPECIAL OFFER - If you book also to attend Xiaolu Guo's Centenary Lecture, Once Upon a Time in the East, at the Great Hall on Thursday 26 October, you will receive a 20% discount on the combined ticket price.
Friday 27th October - 7:30 pm
Dates and Times:
Fri 27th Oct
|Full price:||£ 7.75|
|Under 18's:||£ 6.50|
|Full time students:||£ 6|
|Other Conc.:||£ 6.50|
Xiaolu Guo is a novelist, essayist and filmmaker. She was born in China in 1973 and moved to the UK in 2002. Her novel, in English translation, Village of Stone, was shortlisted for the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was followed by her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction). Once Upon A Time in the East is her latest book. In 2013, she was named a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist.
Her award-winning films include She, a Chinese (2009, Golden Leopard Award in Locarno Film Festival) and UFO In Her Eyes (2011). Her documentaries include Once Upon A Time Proletarian (2009), We Went to Wonderland (2008), How Is Your Fish Today? (2006) and The Concrete Revolution (2004), which was awarded the Grand Prix in the 2005 International Human Rights Film Festival. Late At Night is her latest documentary essay on Britain’s underclass society, premiered at BFI London Film Festival and has toured around the world. She is currently a guest lecturer in Visual Anthropology at UCL.