Vanessa Redgrave will introduce the film and take part in a post-screening discussion
Sea Sorrow marks Vanessa Redgrave’s debut as a director, with her son Carlo Nero acting as producer. The film was shot in Greece, Lebanon, Italy, Calais, London, and Twickenham Studios where Vanessa focuses on the present and past history of refugees in Europe. Vanessa tells her own story beginning as a two-year-old evacuee from London at the outset of the Second World War; later as a student volunteer helping Hungarian refugees; and concluding with her return to Lebanon to visit Palestinian three-year-olds in a refugee camp nursery school.
Sir Peter Sutherland, who has been advising the UN General Secretary on international refugee protection, explains simply and forcefully why European governments must not break the conventions on asylum for refugees.
Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson and Simon Coates contribute unique scenes for the refugees, while the valiant Juliet Stevenson, who spent nine months working for the Calais children, alongside Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Safe Passage, speaks out at a rally in Parliament Square.
'Vanessa keeps her aim directly at the audience’s heart to hopefully overcome prejudices. The next campaign in the U.K. her family is pursuing is to allow in the close relatives of refugee children.' Nora Lee Mandel, MavensNest.net
Called 'the greatest actress of our time' by Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave is an acclaimed actress of stage and screen. Vanessa made her professional debut in the play A Touch of the Sun (1957). In the late 1960s and early '70s, Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare, winning an Oscar® and getting nominated for two more, and more followed.
In the late 1960s, Redgrave took on a number of iconic roles. She played Anne Boleyn, the doomed wife of King Henry VIII, in 1966's A Man for All Seasons, as well as another famous English royal, Guenevere, opposite Richard Harris's King Arthur in 1967's Camelot. Moving on to more contemporary material, she starred in Isadora (1968), a biopic of the famed modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan.
Redgrave lent a certain gravitas and regality to the title role of 1971's Mary Queen of Scots. But it was her performance in 1977's Julia that brought her Oscar® gold. Redgrave earned an Academy® Award nomination for her supporting role in James Ivory's Howards End starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. While in 1997, Redgrave brought to life another literary character, playing the title role in Mrs. Dalloway, based on the Virginia Woolf work.
Now in her eighties, Redgrave continues to work steadily. She appeared in Coriolanus (2011) with Ralph Fiennes as his mother in this Shakespearean film adaptation. That same year, Redgrave lent her distinctively stately voice to the animated movie Cars 2. Sea Sorrow is Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut.