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.
There will be a post screening Q&A with Mary Stephen.
A Summer's Tale by Eric Rohmer / France / 113 min / 1996
A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first
job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a
friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a
further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he has to do
some tricky juggling in territory new to him.
About Eric Rohmer:
Eric Rohmer's career has woven its way from the French New
Wave and the legacy that the auteur leaves behind encompasses even
more than just his own formidable body of work. The term Rohmer-esque has been unofficially part of the film
lexicon for some time now, most often used to describe philosophical, spare,
dialogue-driven films about relationships between men and women. His best-known
films of this realist sort include those in the series Six Moral Tales, Comedies and Proverbs, and Tales of the Four Seasons.
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.