Spotlights (Drama) - 6 November 2013

Whirlygig Cinema’s SPOTLIGHTS is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A session, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Each event will offer a specialised focus on a particular genre; from animation to art, drama to documentary, SPOTLIGHTS strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing hand-picked emerging film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

This month the focus is on drama, featuring work by Chanya Button, Phil Hawkins and Fernando Tiberini.

Doors 7pm / Films start at 7.30pm
Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
£4 adv / £5 door / £3 door to badge holders.

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Chanya Button

Chanya started working as an Assistant Director on the floor of feature films, whilst still in education; and at 18, won a place on the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. In 2011, she completed an MA in Theatre Directing at RADA; as one of three Directors chosen to take part in RADA’s intensive acting training. Chanya has worked in the Creative Department at Warner Brothers in LA and for the UK Film Council Film Fund, as well as continuing her work as an AD on features such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Sherlock Holmes. Chanya now has her own production company, Gobby and Specs, through which she has produced, co-written, and directed three shorts.

Phil Hawkins

Phil is a commercials and features director who worked his way up the ranks from being a runner (he still makes a mean cup of tea). His first two feature films – THE WOMEN OF TROY and Philip Pullman's THE BUTTERFLY TATTOO - both won the Best Director award at the New York Independent Film Festival. His third film BEING SOLD won Best Film at the London Independent Film Festival and was shot in just two days. His latest feature THE LAST SHOWING is currently in post-production and stars Robert Englund (Freddie Kreuger), Finn Jones (GAME OF THRONES) and Keith Allen (TRAINSPOTTING).

Fernando Tiberini

Fernando first started working as script supervisor on films and as assistant director at the opera in Spain and Switzerland. In 2004 he made his first short film here in London, and since then he has made four more fiction shorts, a couple of music videos and several films for NGOs in different parts of the world. He lives in East London is currently working on two feature film screenplays.