The British Embassy Manila, British Council Philippines and its partners hosted on October 4 a special screening of Metro Manila, a film by Oscar-nominated British filmmaker Sean Ellis to celebrate British culture and creativity.
Ellis’ masterpiece won the Audience Award for World Cinema in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He has been previously nominated for an Oscar best short live action for Cashback (2006) and for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) best short for The Business Trip (2009).
Trevor Lewis, Chargé d Affaires at the British Embassy said, “We’re delighted to host this special screening of Metro Manila as the first event of our GREAT campaign in the Philippines. It’s a wonderful example of merging UK expertise with Filipino talent, something we’re aiming to do in all areas of our work in the Philippines. And the fact that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has nominated Metro Manila for best foreign language film for the 2014 Oscars, shows that the final product of this collaboration is a world class effort.”
Ellis spoke highly of his stellar Filipino cast lead by Jake Macapagal and John Arcilla. “Everyone was super-prepared and it’s evident in the performances. I’m most proud of the performances. There wasn’t a day on the set that wasn’t fulfilling,” the director shared.
Metro Manila opens in local cinemas today.
The special screening of Metro Manila is part of This is GREAT Britain, a five-month celebration of the best of British business and culture culminating in The Great British Festival at the Bonifacio High Street on March 7 to 9, 2014.
This is Great Britain is presented by the British Embassy Manila in cooperation with British Chamber Of Commerce Philippines, British Council Philippines, British Alumni Association and Bonifacio Global City.