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Film Focus: Big City Little Man
Thu 18 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Manchester After Hours 2017!
Tea Tasting: upon arrival, 5.45 - 6.15pm
Screening: 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Galleries: open late until 8pm
CFCCA, Jasmine Suite
For Manchester After Hours 2017 and as part of our lens based media programme we present a one off screening of 'Big City Little Man' a short film by Ho Fan with James Lai (1963), 30 mintues. This silent film presents the story of a man who is lost in a 'Big City', pretending to be someone who he is not. Ho Fan, nicknamed 'the great master' earned his fame as one of Asia's most beloved street photographers, capturing Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s.
Ho Fan once stated 'I love Hong Kong and I love Hong Kong people' - never intending to create a historic record of the city's buildings and monuments he set out to capture the soul of Hong Kong through the hardship and resilience of its citizens.
The screening event will also include:
'She Said Why Me', May Fung, Hong Kong 1989, 8 min
A woman travels, blindfolded, from an ancient countryside temple to a bustling city. Her surroundings change, but her sense of unease lingers. The director uses a distinctively female perspective to combine the past and present, expressing a sense of anxiety that permeated Hong Kong during that particular moment in time.
May Fung (Hong Kong, born 1952) is a filmmaker, video artist, curator, and critic. Her works are personal and political, touching upon issues such as gender, environment, and cultural landscape. She works in moving image, installation, and performance, and she has also worked with the theatre as an experimental platform.
The screening will be preceeded by a welcoming Chinese tea tasting experience provided by our partners, Tea Mandala.
Still image from 'Big City Little Man', Ho Fan and James Lai (1963)