In Conversation: Tony Rayns

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The film programmer, curator, critic and filmmaker in a livestreamed conversation with Simon Ward.

Join us for a rare chance to reflect on Tony Rayns’ prestigious career at the cutting edge of independent cinema. One of the most influential and prolific critical voices of his generation, the conversation will be must-watch viewing for programmers, critics and filmmakers as well as audiences who share Rayns’ infectious and enlightening passion for cinema.

Tony Rayns

Tony Rayns started a film society in secondary school, ran three different film societies at university, and then began a lifelong chaotic freelance ‘career’ as a critic, occasional filmmaker and, quite often, a programmer/curator. He has travelled extensively since the mid-1970s and has a special (but by no means exclusive) interest in the cinemas of East Asia. He has contributed to many of the world’s leading film magazines, including Cahiers du cinemaFilm CommentCine 21 and Sight & Sound, and has written/edited books on Fassbinder, Jang Sunwoo, Wong Kar Wai and Chinese, Japanese and Korean cinema. He is a prolific contributor of video-pieces, commentaries and liner notes to blu-rays for Criterion, Masters of Cinema, Arrow, Indicator, Second Run, BFI Video, the Chinese label Disk Kino and the Australian label Imprint. He has served on festival juries in Cannes, Sapporo, San Sebastian, San Francisco, Vladivostok and Beijing, amongst many other places. He was awarded the first Korean Film Award at Busan IFF for services to Korean cinema, the Kawakita Award in 2004 and the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation in 2008, the latter both for services to Japanese cinema.

Simon Ward

Simon Ward is a former film programmer at London’s ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), BFI London Film Festival and Tate Modern among others. He is currently a Trustee of the Independent Cinema Office and owns the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs (UK) with his wife. Simon has also theatrically distributed feature films by the likes of Lee Chang-dong, Bong Joon-ho and Carlos Reygadas as well as contributing to books for academic publisher Routledge.

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