Meet The Team
Who we are, what we do, our favourite female directors and a little about our pre-Bechdel Test Fest life!
Corrina launched the Bechdel Test Fest in 2014. When she was made redundant in 2013, she spent her downtime setting up Bechdel Test Fest, growing it into an award-nominated film festival that has been celebrated by The Guardian, The Independent, Little White Lies and the late-but-great The Dissolve. Since embarking on Bechdel Test Fest, Corrina has written for publications including The F Word, Total Film and Sight & Sound magazine and has appeared on BBC Worldwide, BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme and London Live.
Corrina on Carol Morley: She has a fresh, compelling approach to filmmaking, bending narrative and documentary form and injecting it with spirit, energy and creativity. A natural storyteller with an irresistible curiosity about people and their journeys, she makes it all look so effortless. She’s straight up badass.
Simran is a writer and film programmer with a special interest in African diaspora cinema. Her writing has appeared in BuzzFeed, Little White Lies, Pitchfork and Sight & Sound magazine among others. She has curated and hosted live events for and with the Barbican, BFI, Independent Cinema Office, Little White Lies, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Tate and Underwire Festival. She was also researcher on BBC Radio 4’s The Business of Film, presented by Mark Kermode.
Simran on Celine Sciamma: Adolescent experience is at the centre of all her films; it’s so refreshing to see teenage girls taken seriously. I find it fascinating how she uses bodies to communicate emotion, and I love her knack for translating feeling in a visceral way.
Natalie has over ten years of publicity experience, and has been with Bechdel Test Fest since its launch in 2014. As publicity manager, she has secured festival-related features, interviews and listings with BBC World News, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, The Debrief, Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Independent, London Live and Time Out among others. Natalie currently works for London Live TV Channel as PR Manager & Talent Booker. Her previous experience includes the Smalls Film Festival, BBC Worldwide, HIT Entertainment, working with MTV and Warner Bros.
Natalie on Nora Ephron: Queen of the romantic comedy and a feminist, Nora was a truly gifted storyteller in both her work as a writer and as a director. Her films are timeless classics that capture heart, truth, wit and poignant observations that are cherished by millions. Her stories, characters and her very own achievements in her career have inspired women around the world – including myself.
Numra is a documentary filmmaker specialising in current affairs and social issues. She has worked for BBC Factual and Channel News Asia. She has credits on films including The Talking Walls of Lahore, Jhula and Children of the Cybersex Den, and is currently editing her first feature, a documentary on Pakistan’s floral art designers. Numra also runs her own travelling food stall, Bun Kabab.
Numra on Clio Barnard: She balances art cinema and social realism beautifully. She has a unique perspective on childhood and those who exist on the periphery. Her films capture the fragility of children, and the way their senses are heightened by the volatile world around them.
Danny is a film programmer who enjoys seeking out otherwise under-seen cinema, especially those made on a low-to-no budget. He has programmed the Short Film Selection at the Raindance Film Festival since 2014. He is also currently cultivating an online community of filmmakers, in order to share their work at grassroots level.
Danny on Josephine Decker: I love her go-for-broke attitude and willingness to push the boundaries of digital cinema. She has done more in her short directing career so far, than most do in a lifetime.