Lion Borderlines Film Festival

As a premier sponsor of the 15th annual Borderlines Film Festival, Hereford College of Arts are proud to sponsor a screening of the critically-acclaimed Lion at The Courtyard, Hereford, on Monday 6th March. Excitingly, there will be a 10 minute showcase of 3 short films from our BA (Hons) Short Film-making students, showing before the main feature.
 
Stephen Denison’s 90 second film Trafficking tells a fictional story based on Trafficking. Flo Knoyle’s Specialty Horse is about a young girl with autism, who gains a connection with a rescued pony. Jonathan Zaurin’s Little Acorns is a short documentary about a man who planted a woodland behind his house. The beautiful reason why sparked inspiration for this short film. Little Acorns has previously won an award in the International Nature Film Festival of Godollo Hungary.
 
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman lead the cast of Garth Davis’s (co-director of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake) rousing, gripping Lion, adapted from Saroo Brierley’s memoir A Long Way Home. Patel plays the adult Saroo, adopted from Kolkata orphanage as a young boy by an Australian couple and who, as an adult, is haunted by memories of his past. Discovering Google Earth, he begins an obsessive search for his biological family, withdrawing from both his adoptive parents and his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) on a journey to find them.  Addressing the emotional complexities of adoption with depth and clarity, Lion is hugely involving and moving true story boasting excellent performances and stunning cinematography.
 
Lion has also received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best PictureBest Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Borderlines Film Festival launches this Friday 24th February, when thirteen different films playing across four counties: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Powys, will kick-off the 17 day programme. One third of the films in this year’s festival are previews.  This represents an unrivalled opportunity for local audiences – including HCA students – to experience exciting new films before the rest of the UK.  And there is plenty of opportunity to be challenged and inspired at the Borderlines Film Festival.  The programme includes this year’s biggest hitting films, plus great cinema from South America, South-East Asia, a special feature on Cuban cinema, and a tribute to the late great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.   
 
But save the date to join us at 5pm, March 6th at The Courtyard, Hereford for our screening of Lion and don’t forget your popcorn!

To celebrate Borderlines Film Festival's 15th anniversary we're giving two tickets to Monday 6th March's vewing of the incredible Lion. To enter simply like and share our Facebook post for the chance to win!