Shoot From the Hip

Shoot From the Hip

Shoot from the hip


Venue: Lighthouse (Brighton), 28 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Date: Wed 9 April, 2014
Time: 6.30 doors, 7pm talk starts

Shoot From the Hip - Female Cinematographers in the UK

As a visual medium, a film’s aesthetic is hugely important. And whilst we can namedrop cinematographers such as Roger Deakins and Anthony Dod Mantle, we hear less about Ellen Kuras, Agnès Godard and Charlotte Bruus Christensen. But in the UK right now, there is a growing number of women making their name as standout cinematographers. Join us for this informative panel discussion where our speakers will share their working processes, offer technical advice and talk about how they’ve advanced their career. Hosted by Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI Tricia Tuttle, the panel includes Taina Galis and Chloë Thomson, with more speakers to be confirmed soon. Reflecting on some of the films from BFI Shorts 2012, as well as previous Guiding Lights mentees, we want to shine a light on their work and talk about the future.

This event is aimed at those interested in becoming cinematographers, as well as those looking to network and collaborate. After the event we will be hosting networking drinks in the bar.


Tricia Tuttle is Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI with responsibility for overseeing the programming teams of both BFILondon Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. She joined the BFI from BAFTA where she was the Senior Manager, Film & Skills. During her 5 years with the Academy she was responsible for the film programme including the International Screenwriters Lecture Series, annual David Lean Lecture and the inaugural Brits to Watch: The Screenings, a talent development programme introducing exceptional UK talent to the US industry. Tricia was previously Screenings and Events programmer for filmmaker training body The Script Factory and she co-programmed the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; and programmed the talks and special events for the LFF. She edited Filmmakers’ Yearbook for A & C Black, Get Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen for Shooting People.

Chloë Thomson is a cinematography graduate of the National Film and Television School, has shot a number of award-winning films, and her work has been screened at festivals worldwide, including Cannes and Sundance. Chloë shot 2nd Unit for the feature documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, which premiered at Sundance 2014, and had two short films in competition at Sundance 2013 – Jonah, a Film4 short, and Volume, her fiction graduation film, which won the British Independent Film Award 2012 for Best Short Film. Jonah was also nominated for a 2013BIFA for Best Short Film, and won Best Cinematography at Underwire Festival 2013. Chloë also shot BFI Short, Field Study, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Eva Weber.

Taina Galis was born in Bucharest and has lived in London most of her life. She studied at FAMU, LSE and Oxford University. Her feature work includes Full Firearms, directed by Emily Wardill (FLAMIN) and the documentary, Prisoner of War: The Story of the real Rambo, directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Taina was mentored by Peter Suschitzky through Guiding Lights 2010/11. She won Best Cinematographer at the Underwire Film Festival 2012 for A Cuillin Rising, directed by Catriona MacInnes (Urbancroft/Digicult). The Curse, her third collaboration with director/writer Fyzal Boulifa as cinematographer and co-editor, won Best Short Film at Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, and was BAFTA nominated.

Co-presented with Lighthouse, Underwire Film Festival and Women in Film and TV UK, with support from the Skills Investment Fund managed by Creative Skillset on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.