Now into its 16th year, we’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) – taking place in the beautiful city of Cluj.
During our stay, and to break up the several films we’re watching a day (be sure to check out our reviews on the homepage) we spent some time with jury member, and celebrated producer Elizabeth Karlsen – partner of Stephen Woolley, and behind features such as The Crying Game and Carol, and is the co-founder of production company Number 9 Films.
During this fascinating encounter, we discussed life on the jury – how one judges art, and what exactly Karlsen is looking for in the eventual winner. It was another jury member who came up in conversation too – as following Jessica Chastain’s impassioned speech at Cannes last month, where she criticised the industry’s negative, underdeveloped representation of women in cinema. This was something Karlsen agreed with wholeheartedly – and from here discusses the absurdity in film classification in the UK.
Finally, we spoke about her forthcoming endeavour The Limehouse Golem, finally making its way to cinemas in Britain this coming Autumn – while she discussed the (enjoyable) challenges that come from the world of producing.
The Transylvania Film Festival runs between 02-11 June.