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Sally Potter

Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed seven feature films, as well as many short films (including Thriller and Play) and a television series, and has directed opera and other live work. Her background is in choreography, music, performance art and experimental film. Orlando (1992), Sally Potter’s bold adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, first brought her work to a wider audience. It was followed by The Tango Lesson (1996), The Man Who Cried (2000), Yes (2004), Rage (2009) and Ginger & Rosa (2012). Sally Potter is known for innovative form and risk-taking subject matter and has worked with many of the most notable cinema actors of our time. Sally Potter’s films have won over forty international awards and received two Academy award nominations. She has had full career retrospectives of her film and video work at the BFI Southbank, London, MoMA, New York, and the Cinematheque, Madrid. She was awarded an OBE in 2012. Her book Naked Cinema: Working with Actors is due for publication by Faber & Faber in March, 2014. (8/14)


The London Story
A film by Sally Potter, 1987, 15 min., Color

This lively, accessible spy spoof revolves around the unlikely alliance of three eccentric characters and their mission to uncover government foreign ...

Women Filmmakers in Russia
A film by Sally Potter, 1990, 51 min., Color

Since Lenin's fervent embrace of cinema in the 1920s, more women have worked in the film industry in Russia than in the West. This fascinating docume...



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