Spotlight on Mary Stephen
Highlighting the career of acclaimed film editor Mary Stephen, selected films edited by her will be screening as part of the Women in Film programme.
There will be a post screening Q&A with Mary Stephen.
Wild Grass of Qingdao by Lina Yang / France/China / 76 min / 2010 / NC16
Since the start of the 90s, the Chinese government has strictly controlled the media's access to orphanages. Accompanied by a mother living close to a Chinese orphanage for handicapped children, filmmaker Lina Yang was able to film this subject over a period of 10 years starting from 1995. Spending time and filming the lives of the orphans over a decade, the documentary observes the emotional changes of the children as they deal with their fears and insecurities.
About Lina Yang:
Lina Yang's debut documentary Old Man won a number of awards including the Award of Excellence at
the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Her first feature film Longing For The Rain was nominated for
awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Taipei Golden Horse
About Mary Stephen:
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mary Stephen studied Communication Arts in Montreal, Canada. She started making and editing her own films before making the acquaintance of French New Wave director Éric Rohmer, with whom she began a long and fruitful collaboration, editing his films right up to his death in 2010. In recent years, Mary has worked as editor on numerous Chinese and Hong Kong productions, including Li Yang’s Blind Mountain (2007), Fan Lixin’s documentary Last Train Home (2009), Ann Hui’s Headmaster (2014/2015), and Jessey Tsang’s documentary Flowing Stories (2014). She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
About Women in Film
Women in Film features the voices and verve of women in an arena that has been traditionally dominated by men. In celebrating the achievements of women working in the film industry, this edition of the programme highlights the career of acclaimed film editor Mary Stephen alongside short and feature-length documentaries by women filmmakers.