In Conversation: LGBT Filmmakers and the Industry

Our next enthralling event, in honour of Pride Month, is a celebration about the impact of LGBT filmmaking in the modern film industry.

It’s set to be Olympic Studios’ first ever LGBT event. And it follows on from our recent successful panels An Audience with Daniel Battsek, Film4 Director and, to honour International Women's Day, Female Filmmakers Talk the Future of Film.

Our latest intimate evening, hosted by the BBC's Evan Davies and featuring some of the UK film industry’s most exciting new talent, will take place on 19th June at 8.30pm.

It’s set to be an exploratory and open discussion of their collectives experiences, opinions, and stories as members of the LGBT community.

They’ll also share their work through showreels and highlights reels, all whilst engaging with the audience for a Q&A.

Tickets can be purchased from Olympic Studios.


The Panel

An exploratory and open discussion of filmmakers' experiences, opinions, and stories as members of the LGBT will take place in Barnes.

Our panel consists of directors, producers, and scriptwriters. They’l discuss their works and engage with the audience during, and after, the event.

Evan Davis

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The host for the discussion, he’s an economist, journalist, and BBC presenter. You may have heard him on Radio 4 on the show Bottom Line. But he’s also the presenter for Dragon’s Den.

Davis is an ambassador for National Student Pride - it helps to bring LGBT students together across the country for debates, parties, and recruitment.


Marco Alessi

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A writer and director from London, Alessi works across narrative and documentaries to unflinchingly cover LGTB topics.

In 2018, his first short - Four Quartets - premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. It also screened at the Berlinale this year where it won a Special Mention from the jury and a Teddy Award nomination.


April Kelley

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An award-winning actor and producer, Kelley founded Mini Productions in 2012 and has starred in Oscar-nominated films.

Her writing debut, Treacle, also sees her star in the film and produce. It premiered at this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.


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Oli Mason

An editor and filmmaker, Mason’s films have appeared at various festivals across the world.

His most recent is Have We Met Before? He wrote and directed it as part of the BBC and BFI’s emerging talent scheme.

He’s also an editor for the publication VICE.


Matthew Jacobs Morgan

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An alumni from Channel 4 Screenwriting and BFI Flare Mentorsip, his first film Mine is an intense family drama. His follow-up is Mince, a collaboration between Harry Lighton and Marco Alessi.

Morgan is also currently developing a TV series with Warp Films. It’s called The Big Game.