Hat trick for LSBU Film Professor
Lucy Brown, Head of Division for Film and an Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at LSBU is enjoying success on the global film festival circuit.
Her documentary ‘BFF Thelma & Louise: Tanya & Lucy Revisit 30 Years On’ was made during the lockdown in Spring 2021 and explores themes of female friendship, sexual harassment and empowering women’s voices.
The film had its European premier at the Venice Intercultural Film Festival where it received an Honourable Mention. It was then selected to screen at the prestigious Toronto Independent Film Festival in September, and will now screen in the USA at the Boston Women’s Film Festival between 8th and 17th October. The Film Festival is running as a hybrid event from The Brattle Theatre, Harvard and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as virtually.
Lucy’s film is one of only five short documentaries to receive an official selection out of thousands of global submissions. Watch the festival trailer.
The film was made with the support of ACI Research and Enterprise and was inspired by a series of workshops led by filmmaker-in-residence, Professor Kevin B. Lee, organised by the Practice as Research Arts Group. It reflects on a formative teen-hood memory relating to Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991) and combines mobile technology, and autoethnographic methods to explore memory and the wider cultural relevance and legacy of Thelma & Louise.
Lucy Brown said: “I’m extremely grateful for the support I have received from my school and excited that my documentary is being given the opportunity to be viewed by audiences worldwide. The film aims to spotlight underrepresented issues such as sexual harassment and violence against women which sadly are as pertinent today as they were 30 years ago when Thelma & Louise was released. I hope the film will empower other women and my students to pick up their mobile phones and cameras and tell their own stories to drive social change.”