Current Season:

Celebrating Ann Hui

Sun 09 Jun — Fri 21 Jun 2024

A season dedicated to Ann Hui, one of Hong Kong’s most acclaimed directors, featuring five of her key works spanning more than five decades.

Hailed as one of the most important filmmakers of the Hong Kong New Wave, director, producer, screenwriter, and actress Ann Hui is known for deeply humanistic works exploring a wide range social issues, in particular the stories of women. The recipient of a long list of awards at prestigious festivals, including a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice in 2020, Hui’s films all have in common a blend of moving storytelling, grounded drama, and cinematic poetry. Despite this, relatively few of her films have screened or are available to view in the UK, which has left many of her key works unseen.

Celebrating Ann Hui gives audiences a chance to explore Hui’s career from her debut through to her most recent work, offering a comprehensive programme of films from different stages of her cinematic practice on the big screen. Films include a rare screening of her little-seen but highly acclaimed feature debut The Secret (1979), award-winning refugee drama Boat People (1982), moving mediations on the nature of family and generational differences Summer Snow (1995) and A Simple Life (2011), and Elegies (2023), a long-planned passion project delving into Hong Kong history and culture through her love of poetry. The season finishes with a look back at Hui’s work through a special screening of Man Lim-chung’s acclaimed documentary Keep Rolling (2020), featuring interviews and archival footage exploring her forty years in the film industry against the backdrop of a changing Hong Kong.

This season is a joint presentation by Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong.

Upcoming Screenings

A Simple Life PG

The screening will be introduced by Tony Rayns. Based on actual life experience of renowned producer, Roger Lee, Ann Hui’s multiple… Read More
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, China, 2011, 118m.
Sat 15 Jun
17:30

Elegies 18

This screening will be followed by a post film discussion in the Garden Cinema Bar. The latest work from Ann Hui… Read More
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, China, 2023, 101m.
Sun 16 Jun
14:00

Keep Rolling 15

Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong's Ann Hui season comes to an end with an acclaimed documentary, looking back at… Read More
Man Lim-chung , Hong Kong, 2020, 118m.
Fri 21 Jun
20:00

Past Screenings

Summer Snow 18

Summer Snow is a brave, pioneering example of a Hong Kong film taking up the subject of old age and its accompanying… Read More
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 1995, 101m.
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Boat People 18

The screening will be introduced by Chris Berry (KCL). Among the most important films to come out of the Hong Kong… Read More
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 1982, 109m.
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The Secret [UK Premiere] 18

This is the opening film in Celebrating Ann Hui Season and the screening will be introduced by Tony Rayns. A complimentary… Read More
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 1979, 90m.
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