Wed, 24 Mar | Online Webinar, via Zoom

Q&A: In conversation with on screen stars of Pieces of a Woman

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Q&A: In conversation with on screen stars of Pieces of a Woman

Time & Location

24 Mar, 18:00 – 19:00 GMT
Online Webinar, via Zoom

About the Event

Pieces of a Woman first premiered on stage in Poland in December 2018. Playwright and screenwriter Kata Wéber worked alongside her husband and frequent collaborator, director Kornél Mundruczó to bring the story to the stage and following the season felt like the subject matter and themes of the story could be developed further for screen.

Together they adapted the story to film and Netflix’s Pieces of a Woman, which follows a Boston couple whose lives change when their home birth ends with unimaginable tragedy. In this event we are joined with Vanessa Kirby, who plays pregnant Martha and Ellen Burstyn who plays her Mother, Elizabeth. Hosted by Emma Jones, Vanessa and Ellen will be talk about preparing for the roles, the one-take 24 minute birth scene and their experiences with the shoot.

Vanessa Kirby, BAFTA award-winning actress has recently starring in Pieces of a Woman in the lead role as Martha. Other film credits include The World to Come, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Jupiter Ascending, Mission Impossible: Fallout. She has recently finished production for next instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise, releasing late this year. In television, credits include Netflix’s award-winning series, The Crown where she portrayed Princess Margaret, BBC2’s The Dresser and ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Ellen Burstyn is an Emmy, Tony and Academy Award-Winning Actress whose career stretches over 60 years in film, stage and television. She’s also a best-selling author with the publication of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself. Her most recent films include The House of Tomorrow (2017), The Tale (2018), Nostalgia (2018), Welcome to Pine Grove! (2019), Lucy in the Sky (2019) and Pieces of a Woman (2020).

Host, Emma Jones is the correspondent for BBC Talking Movies, the BBC's global cinema show, and the most watched show on TV about the movies. She can also be found on BBC online writing about film and television. In 2017, her TEDx talk was titled 'The Toxic Female Gaze', about how women in the spotlight are targeted for their looks, age and relationship status rather than their talent. 

Event Schedule:

17:55: Please join the webinar

18:00-18:45: Webinar begins, conversation led by host

18:45-19:00: Audience Q&A opens

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