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Hurt By Paradise + Q&A w/ director Greta Bellamacina

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  • Wed 30 Sep
  • 83 minutes
  • Director: Greta Bellamacina
  • Cast: Greta Bellamacina, Sadie Brown, Nicholas Rowe
  • UK


We are excited to present a Directors Q&A for Greta Bellamacina’s highly original feature debut, HURT BY PARADISE. The film, shot with a tiny budget of just £75,000, stormed into UK film festivals last year and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and for Best UK Feature Film at Raindance.

Hurt By Paradise is the story of Celeste, a single mother and aspiring poet, struggling to get her first book published and find her estranged father and the supportive friendship she forms with her older neighbour Stella. Filmed on location in Camden with a majority female crew the film is shot beautifully by Fabio Paleari and Emily Jane Robinson and has echoes of classic London comedy dramas such as Withnail & I and London Kills Me

Hurt By Paradise is the first film by Sulk Youth the small production company Bellamacina started with her husband the artist Robert Montgomery. Sulk Youth say, “we come to filmmaking from an art background and we want to experiment and take risks. With this film we wanted to see if you could make a feature film with almost no money but maximum creativity.”

Alongside Bellamacina the film stars Tanya Burr in her first cinema role and Sadie Brown, supported by a strong cast of British character actors - Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood), Camilla Rutherford (The Phantom Thread), Veronica Clifford (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets) and Nicholas Rowe (Young Sherlock).


Greta Bellamacina is a filmmaker, actress and poet. Her latest poetry collection “Tomorrow’s Woman” is published by Andrews McMeel. Most recently she has starred in Jacyln Bethany’s US drama “Highway One” and the lead in Jamie Adam’s British comedy “Venice At Dawn”.  “Hurt By Paradise” is Greta’s debut feature as a director, the film was nominated for the Michael Powell award for Best British feature film at Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was also nominated for best feature at Raindance Film Festival.


Robert Montgomery is an artist and writer and the co-founder of Sulk Youth Films. He will discuss coming into filmmaking from an art background, Sulk Youth's "low budget, high creativity" approach to filmmaking and the new opportunity he sees for genuinely independent filmmaking today.