Meera Syal on Imitation of Life

As part of the Screen Epiphanies strand for BFI Members and American Express cardholders, Meera Syal introduces a screening of Imitation of Life at BFI Southbank. In conversation with BFI Southbank's Artistic Director Eddie Berg, Syal shares with the audience how formative she found Douglas Sirk's melodrama, recalling as the first film she encountered which addressed the race question directly. She suggests that while the film hooked her in with sumptuous colour, and Lana Turner's extravagant fashion, it powerfully invoked the attitudes of the period and the alienation of her youth, dealing with themes that resonated powerfully in her own life, such as maternal sacrifice and adolescent shame.

This event was held exclusively for BFI Members and guests, in partnership with American Express.


In partnership with American Express

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