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Preview: Ali & Ava (15) + ScreenTalk with actor Claire Rushbrook, producer Tracy O'Riordan, co-producer Ameenah Ayub Allen and casting director Shaheen Baig (AD) (HoH)

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Ava (Claire Rushbrook) Ali (Adeel Akhtar)

We are delighted to host a preview screening of Clio Barnard's beautifully complex and very romantic film, Ali & Ava starring Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar.

Sparks fly after Ali and Ava meet through their shared affection for Sofia, the child of Ali’s tenants whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness while Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. As the pair begin to form a deep connection they have to find a way to keep their newfound passion from being overshadowed by the stresses and struggles of their separate lives and histories.​

Enveloped in music, humour and emotion, Ali & Ava is a heartfelt contemporary love story written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant).

This is a special Reclaim The Frame preview screening of Ali & Ava followed by a Q&A with actor Claire Rushbrook, and producer Tracy O'Riordan,co-producer Ameenah Ayub Allen and casting director Shaheen Baig, hosted by BEV director, Melanie Iredale.

UK 2021 dir. Clio Barnard 95 min


There is audio description available for this title. We provide audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones. Please ask a member of staff for a set of headphones.

This screenings will feature Hard of Hearing captions. The ScreenTalk will also be live captioned.

Reclaim the Frame brings a wider perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers. Run by Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in film by fostering a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.

You can learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets and discount codes. Supported by BFI’s Audience Fund. 

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