Electra Talent Watch: Bumble's Female Film Force - the sequel
"I certainly didn't make it for the hell of it." Electra meets Oscar nominated director Nadine Labaki
Not all sequels are bigger and better (anyone still shudder at Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle?) – but Bumble’s Female Film Force Part 2 certainly is.
The female social networking app is expanding its female film fund to France and Germany, having already given five female filmmaking teams in the UK and Ireland grants of £20,000 each to create their own short film. More grants of £20,000 (22,000 Euros) are up for grabs for film ideas by women producers, writers and directors.
Electra met some of FFF’s first winners a few months ago – and now here they are again, with their short films completely finished, and a London premiere where the five filmmaking teams got to meet up.
Moving any mountain: Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is on top of the world with documentary 'Free Solo'
Amidst the annual frustrated disappointment that yet again, women were lacking in the Oscar directing and writing categories, there she was - Nadine Labaki, up for a Best Foreign Language Oscar for Capernaum, which started its journey with a 15 minute standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and left many of us in the audience weeping.
The movie reference I carried for free solo climbing for many years was Mission Impossible 2 when a (much younger) Tom Cruise dangled from a precipice from one arm and with no harness. He made it look easy; with Free Solo you’re about to find out just how hard it is.
This documentary, released this week in the UK, follows super-elite pro-climber Alex Honnold as he climbs the 3,000-foot vertical rock face El Capitan in Yosemite without using ropes. He’s attempting to set a new record and fulfil his life’s ambition, and is tracked every painfully considered, chalk-handed step of the way by married directing partners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, not to mention another team of elite climbers and cinematographers.