UK, Guest of Honor
The Dominican Global Film Festival, now in its seventh year, is pleased to welcome the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as the guest of honor at this year’s Film Festival. England’s cinematic contributions have historically been the pillars of creation and growth of the seventh art.
The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, is approximately 243,610 square kilometers. Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland comprise the United Kingdom, making it rich in cultural diversity.
The United Kingdom is among the most relevant countries in the world of cinema production and over the years has made the most recognized stories with the best-known people. The first moving pictures were shot in Leeds in 1888, opening the prodigious path for actors, directors, stories and professionals that have served as a reference point in the history of cinema.
In terms of directors, such greats have contributed to the industry with their techniques and methods, including Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho), David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) and Richard Attenborough (Oh, What a Lovely War!). These contributions are both historic and emblematic.
Since the very beginning, the United Kingdom has uninterruptedly produced a series of outstanding actors and actresses whose performances have been emblematic of their complete dedication to their art and characters. These include Charlie Chaplin, Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Sean Connery, Daniel Day-Lewis and Ian MacKellen are just a few of the gems this nation has exported and shared with the world.
In 1950 the Free Cinema movement was born in the UK. The movement was characterized by allowing a certain freedom in the production of realistic stories about social themes, essentially making them documentaries. Free Cinema moved as far away as possible from high cost productions in favor of documenting the simplicity of everyday life.
In recent years, films like The Queen – the official selection of the 7th Dominican Global Film Festival – have earned broad public recognition for their dedication to production as well as the admirable acting by Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth.
It’s impossible to talk about British film without making reference to one of the icons of the big screen: James Bond, a character created by British writer Ian Fleming and played by six different renowned actors. Agent 007 has inspired, to date, 25 films and the public is still applauding.
Currently, the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom are marking a before and after in the history of film for both nations and possibly the world. Two large film industry companies from both countries are jointly developing Pinewood Indomina Studios, located in Juan Dolio. The film studio complex, already functioning, can recreate any place in the world using their cutting edge equipment. They have confirmed that they will be filming part of the next 17 international films in the Dominican Republic. This joint effort between Dominican and British companies demonstrates how bilateral relations have advanced and how, with support from the new Film Law, there are more institutions deciding to invest their efforts in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Global Film Festival would like to thank the British Embassy for the cultural efforts it has supported in our country and for its backing of Dominican film. It is with great pride that we invite the United Kingdom to be the guest of honor at the 7th edition of the Dominican Global Film Festival.