Often regarded as the feature film which gained international recognition for director Sally Potter, Orlando tells the tale of a young English nobleman granted eternal life. An adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel of the same name, the film features an award-winning and arguably a genre-defining performance by British actor Tilda Swinton. In this post screening discussion, Potter and Swinton recount how Orlando was born out of a mutual love of the novel and a vague idea of a “look”. They give an enthralling commentary on one of the seminal British films of the 1990s; from the early setbacks and numerous script re-writes to a dazzling premiere at the Venice Film Festival. This event formed part of the Sally Potter Season at BFI Southbank. Sally Potter has a blog and messageboard at www.sallypotter.com.