Spotlights: Ladies' Night - 7 May 2014

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.

The focus of this month is on women working in film, in partnership with Underwire Festival. We will be joined by A D Cooper, Lydia Esler and Lily Smith who will give us a taster of the exceptional work being created by this under-appreciated section of the film industry.

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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A D Cooper

A D Cooper comes from an advertising copywriting background where she has won awards for clever ideas and witty copy. She has always been a writer with articles, joke books and short stories in print as well as writing extensively about women's rugby. Bored of waiting for script options to be exercised, she started directing in mid 2010 with her short called Feet for Hurcheon Films. This was followed by a museum installation called The Flask (2011) for the Actors Screen Collective, and further drama shorts for Hurcheon Films - The view from the window (2012), Stranger Danger (2012) and Ace (2013). She also directed two corporate films for Schmick TV in 2013, a commercial production company for whom she regularly supplies scripts. Her latest short A Small Dot On The Western Front (2014) is a World War 1 true story made as a taster for a longer piece, and it's just concluding its post production.

Lily Smith

Lily was born in Blackpool and lives in London. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Independent Film which means she's made a lot of video art that she'd happily never see again. After working in music video production for five years and making over 15 music videos, she began writing and directing short narrative films a couple of years ago. Some of her work is funny, and some of it is sad, and the pieces she likes the best do both at the same time.

Lydia Esler

Lydia Esler is an emerging British filmmaker who has worked in the film and TV industry since 2002 and became a commercials director at 25 for the Guardian Media Group in 2006. Her roots lie in drama having acted from the age of nine from 1989 – 2001. She graduated from the University of Hull with a First Class Honours degree in Drama. At the end of the degree, she was introduced to filmmaking in a 3 day taster course by Vito Rocco (director of My Space feature Faintheart). Overnight she swapped drama school for film school and never looked back. In 2002 Lydia’s foray into filmmaking started in the camera department, shooting shorts on 16mm. Having made multiple shorts as a cinematographer LOL is Lydia’s first short film as a director / writer.