13.02.2017 - Gurinder Chadha, moderated by Ben Gibson
Gurinder Chadha became a household name in the UK with the runaway success of Bend It Like Beckham, in 2002 the highest-grossing British film to date at the national box office. Born in Nairobi of Punjabi Sikh Kenyan Asian origin, Chadha grew up in England, and her experiences coming-of-age as a British woman in the Indian diaspora figure prominently in the stories and characters of her films. A queen of comedy amongst other genres, Chadha’s works progressively address the social and emotional issues faced by immigrants. Chadha takes time away from the premiere of her newest film, Viceroy's House, to tell the story of how the outspoken girl, who refused to cook Indian food, ended up bravely taking the film world by storm.
Ben Gibson is the Director of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He was previously Director of Degree Programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2001 to 2014, he was Director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was Head of Production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. He has produced films by Terence Davies, Derek Jarman and others. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.