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25 Nov 2015

Bright Young Things present The Age of Love 0  

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This week, The May Fair welcomes back The Bright Young Things film club for their final screening of 2015, Age of Love.

We caught up with one of BYT’s co-founders, Bridget Arsenault, to discuss Thursday’s screening, their plans for 2016 and her tips for award season.

So, The Age Of Love is a documentary following pensioners looking for love. What made Bright Young Things select this for their next screening?

I heard the director, Steven Loring, interviewed on a podcast that often listen to and I just fell in love with the concept of the film. I called (BYT co-founder) Fatima and told her about it and we both watched the trailer and both just melted. It was sweet, funny and poignant. We reached out to the director, got a screener and knew that it was perfect for us. This is our final event for 2015 and we always like to end the year on a lighter note and this seemed to tick all the boxes. Also our first-ever film was a documentary called Mary and Bill about a 90 year-old triathlete and an 83 year-old high jumper, so we liked the connection.


Speed-dating pensioners – were you worried that the BYT audience might find it hard to relate to the film?

The Age of Love is a smart, sweet and beautifully made film. Who doesn’t love that? We are all part of an ageing generation. We all have parents or grandparents who are in the age range of those in the film (70-90 year olds) and at the end of the day it’s a film about finding love and happiness, which again, I think an audience of every age can relate to. “I want that guy that — when I’m doing dishes — will come up behind me and nuzzle my neck and give me a hug,” says Donna Capuano, one of the women featured in the film. “I want that guy that will pick up the phone and call me during the day just because he’s thinking of me. That’s who I am.” I am sure that I have had identical conversations with my friends in their 20s and 30s!

What’s the story behind The Bright Young Things and what are your aims for the film club?

When Fatima and I met in 2013 we realised we shared a passion for film and in June of that year we organised a screening of Mary and Bill at the May Fair Hotel. We did it for fun because we loved the film and we wanted other people to see it—it did not have any UK distribution and there was no way for an audience to watch it, but that screening sold out and people really seemed to love it. People kept asking when our next event was. We were really surprised, but so pleased and felt like we had happened upon something really exciting. At the end of that year we registered The Bright Young Things Film Club as a limited company, and the rest is, as they say, history.


Looking ahead, what screenings do BYT have in the pipeline for 2016?

Fatima and I spend a LOT of time watching films and talking about films. BYT is a complete democracy between the two of us and there’s only one thing in common with all of our films. We both love them! We have shown thrillers—like Uwantme2killhim? An amazing true-life story based on a Vanity Fair article; documentaries, such as Sweet Dreams, a beautiful film about a group of women in Rwanda who open the country’s first ice cream store and comedies, like Guidance—one of the funniest films I have ever seen, which has cult-classic written all over it! We have a list of films that we are interested in for next year and the best thing to do is sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date with all our plans!

Which films are BYT tipping for success in award season?

I saw Room recently and think it is one of the most moving and courageously acted films I have ever seen. Carol is a beautiful and important film and I found the performances extremely compelling. Tangerine, which was shot entirely on an iPhone and stars transgender actresses is an important and engaging film that I recommend everyone see. And everyone should look out for The Second Mother, Brazil’s entry into the Foreign Language category at the 2016 Academy Awards—poignant and very funny at times.

Screening guests

Tickets to the screening can be booked here, and include CIROC vodka cocktails, Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn, snacks provided by Itsu and Green & Black’s ice cream. Tickets also include access to a post-screening Q&A and post-event entertainment in the Salon at The May Fair Hotel.


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