The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
An eleven year-old boy, Theo, sets off on his first expedition on the family fishing boat with his father, grandfather, and a Malian migrant worker, none of them aware of the trouble ahead. This story is set against the backdrop of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, as a Turkish vessel rescues African migrants between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa, with neither country willing to allow disembarkation.
Based on a true story, this tense and moving debut feature from Maltese writer-director Rebecca Cremona was Malta’s first-ever official submission for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
Admittance is for persons aged 18 and over only.
Meet the director
Rebecca completed her Masters in Directing at Art Center College of Design (US), where she wrote and directed Magdalene, which won a Director’s Guild of America student Jury Prize, an Honourable mention at the student Emmys, and was picked up for distribution by Shorts International at the 62nd Cannes Short Film Corner. Simshar is her first feature length film; it was a domestic box office smash hit, and the first Maltese film to achieve worldwide distribution (including 3 theatrical releases outside of Malta).
“a heartbreaking story”
Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
“ravishing on the surface, merciless beneath”
Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight
Sharon Hurst, Cinephilia