Films that will be screened


Date: Friday 6 September 2019
Time: 6.15 p.m.
Venue: British Council Jaffna


Inspired by the true story of Robin Cavendish, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous young man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralysed. Robin’s wife Diana's devotion and determination help them transcend his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering, travelling the world and transforming the lives of others with their humour, courage and lust for life.

Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2017 - Opening Night Gala


Year 2017
Type of film Features
Running Time 114 mins

Andy Serkis (1st Feature)

Producer Jonathan Cavendish, Andy Serkis
Co-producer Jane Robertson
Executive Producer Claudia Bluemhuber, Hugo Grumbar, Tim Haslam, Ian Hutchinson, Phil Robertson, James Spring
Editor Masahiro Hirakubo
Screenwriter William Nicholson
Director of Photography Robert Richardson
Production Designer James Merifield
Principal Cast Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Miranda Raison, Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Mangan, Ed Speelers
Genre Drama



Nae Pasaran

Date: Saturday 7 September 2019
Time: 10.15 a.m.
Venue: Majestic Cineplex Jaffna


Charting the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

In 1974 a group of workers at the Rolls Royce factory in East Kilbride showed their support for the people of Chile by refusing to carry out the vital repairs of engines for Hawker Hunter planes, which had been used during the brutal military coup in September 1973. The boycott endured for four years but the Scottish workers never knew what impact they had; it was a matter of conscience and an act of solidarity. Bustos Sierra – himself the Scotland-based son of a Chilean exile – reunites inspirational figures Bob Fulton, Robert Somerville, Stuart Barrie and John Keenan to hear their story. With unprecedented access, Nae Pasaran also ventures much further to detail the horrors of the Pinochet years, meets survivors of the period and hears the Chilean side of the story.



Year 2018
Type of film Features
Running Time 96 mins

Felipe Bustos Sierra (1st Feature)

Producer Felipe Bustos Sierra
Editor Colin Monie
Screenwriter Felipe Bustos Sierra
Director of Photography Peter Keith
Sound Re-recording Mixer, Sound Designer; William Aikman
Sound Recordist: Jack Coghill, Francisco Escobar
Music Patrick Neil Doyle
Genre Human Rights, Scottish, Animation, Documentary



Masterclass on filmmaking by Helen Blakeman

Date: Friday 6 September 2019
Time: 10.15 a.m. to 1.15 p.m.
Venue: American Corner

Resource Person bio

Helen is a BAFTA and International Emmy Award winner, both of which she received for her TV screenplay adaptation of ‘Dustbin Baby’ (BBC/Kindle Entertainment) starring Juliet Stevenson, David Haig and Dakota Blue Richards. She wrote the much acclaimed and controversial film ‘Pleasureland’ for Kudos/Channel 4 (BAFTA, RTS nomination) and has scripted numerous episodes of teen soap ‘Hollyoaks’ (Lime Pictures/C4). Helen wrote for the much-loved ‘Call the Midwife’, series 7, in 2018.  

Helen is currently the creator, lead writer and associate producer of the BAFTA-nominated CBBC series ‘Hetty Feather’, based on the best-selling children’s novel by Jacqueline Wilson – now in its fifth series. 

Helen also writes for theatre. Her first play ‘Caravan’ won the George Devine Award, and Helen was nominated for the ‘Playwright of the Year’ award. She has written a feature-length screenplay for Kindle Entertainment and has both film and prime-time TV projects currently in development. 

Helen is Chair of the BAFTA Children’s Committee, a member of the BAFTA Council and a board member for the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres. 



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