We were fortunate to see Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins at its first European screening at the Bvlgari Hotel last night. A documentary about political journalist Molly Ivans dubbed ‘six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it’ we found ourselves wondering why we’d never heard of the witty and razor sharp powerhouse before, and wishing she was still alive and writing her columns today. At the post-screening Q&A director Janice Engel felt sure she’d be Tweeting Trump with loaded barbs several times a day. Though the event at the hotel has sold out, the film is now available to watch on Amazon Prime and we’d urge you to do so.
Next up in the Bvlgari Breakthrough Women in Film series is a preview of the Bafta-nominated Portrait of a Lady on Fire 17-18 February. Set in Brittany, an Italian noblewoman has engaged a ladies’ companion for her beautiful daughter Héloïse who is recovering from the loss of her sister. A story of great obsession ensues. Then on 11-12 March there’s Love Type D a contemporary take on the rom-com that asks – what if the reason you were unlucky in love was down to genetics?
The pre-release screenings which champion female filmmakers and plot lines are always followed by a Q&A with talent from the film. Tickets are free with a £20 suggested donation to Save the Children, and this includes champagne and canapés on arrival, as well as the film.