Monday 24 July 2017

Vanessa Redgrave goes behind the camera for new film

The Academy Award-winning actress makes her directing debut with Sea Sorrow,

By Sherna Noah

Vanessa Redgrave says she worried about including her personal experiences in her new film about the migrant crisis.

The Academy Award-winning actress makes her directing debut with Sea Sorrow, a highly personal documentary that is set to premiere at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.

“I’ve identified all my life with refugees,” said 80-year-old Redgrave, who was one of thousands of children evacuated from London during the Second World War to escape German bombs.

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A mix of documentary and drama, Sea Sorrow includes Redgrave’s experiences alongside interviews with current-day migrants and their supporters, including Alf Dubs, a British politician who fled Nazi-occupied Europe as a child.

“I got worried, of course, by not wanting the film to be about me,” she told The Associated Press.

“It’s about the refugees. But I do think that perhaps hopefully my telling the story alongside Alf Dubs and the refugees, that some people will realise the thing we were all taught — and which the government, (Winston) Churchill’s government, reminded people: It could happen to you.”

She said there was a danger that people had stopped seeing refugees as real people.

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“Once upon a time they were at university. Once upon a time she was a doctor, he was a teacher. They’re real people,” said Redgrave, who has been a Unicef ambassador since 1990.

“I think everybody, including myself, are in danger of losing our humanity,” she added.

Redgrave says she learned a huge amount about filmmaking in her first foray as director, but isn’t sure she will do it again.

“I just directed to tell this story,” she said. “I’m not a filmmaker as such.”

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