Director Gurinder Chadha’s debut, Bhaji On The Beach screening and live Q&A event | Thurs 12 March

The award-winning director will take to the stage, after the screening of her critically acclaimed debut film, Bhaji On The Beach, to discuss the film, funding and film-making process to get it on the big screen, and its significance & importance in representation for the Asian community (and other ethnic minorities groups) in the UK.

Chadha’s comedy-drama Bhaji on the Beach follows a group of Indian women of different ages who escape to Blackpool for a day out away from the men in their lives.

The generation gap, and clashing views on tradition and modernism, cause tensions between them, while personal upsets and problems come to boiling point throughout the day.

“Chadha uses the day trip as a way to look at issues in the British Asian community, where old traditions and new ways make for uncomfortable situations” – Roger Ebert

 “Brutally gripping from start to finish, filmmaker Toby proves himself to be daring and bold. This is an uncompromising drama that not only represents some fantastic outsiders, but also in a way that is fresh, current, and moving” – Chris Olson

Gurinder will be joined by filmmaker, Toby Fell-Holden, and his award-winning short film Balcony – about a troubled teenage girl who is attracted to an Afghani girl, but as their friendship blossoms, we come to suspect that something is off.

After both films have screened, Chadha and Fell-Holden will discuss their creative process, the struggles and successes that come with the art of film-making, and what happens after the all-important debut.

The First Film Club: Gurinder Chadha x Toby Fell-Holden Screening and Live Q&A
Date: Thursday 12 March 2020
Time: 7pm, for a 7:30pm start 

Ritzy Cinema
Brixton Rd, Coldharbour Ln,
Brixton, London SW2 1JG

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