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.
Flowing Stories by Jessey Tsang / Hong Kong/France / 97 min / 2014 / PG
Filmed on locations in Hong Kong and in various cities in France and UK, Flowing Stories is an ode to village life and a search for Hong Kong's roots. Tsang's camera records the beautiful scenery and time-honoured customs of the local village, as well as a once-a-decade village festival, which serves as a continuation of a tradition passed down through generations and a testament of family bonding. In reviewing the village's development, the film hopes to find the meaning of home and diaspora.
About Jessey Tsang:
Jessey Tsang started her career
by making short films, which have been screened at international film festivals.
Her first feature film Lovers On the Road won the Best Drama
Award at the 8th South Taiwan Film Festival. Her second feature Big
Blue Lake won the Asian New Talent Jury Prix of the Shanghai
International Film Festival 2012. She lives and works in Hong Kong.
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.