In Conversation with Director Kim Dae-hwan

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Our Closing Gala film, The First Lap, is Kim Dae-hwan’s gentle portrayal of an ordinary couple trying to find their way in the face of familial tension, and it led to him winning the Best Emerging Director award at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival. Kim also made another acute portrayal of a typical Korean family with his first feature, End of Winter, which had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2014.

Simon Ward, who has been a longstanding advocate of independent cinema from around the world (both through his previous work at the ICO, and in his current role with Vision Box Cinema) will lead the conversation with director Kim, providing practical insights into The First Lap, from inception through to post-production.


Kim Dae-hwan studied Film and Digital Media Design and directed his first two short films, Picnic (2010) and Interview (2011), at Hongik University. Later, he directed his debut feature End of Winter (2014) while at Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Content. After the world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, the film was also screened at the 2015 Berlinale. The First Lap is his second feature film.


Simon Ward has been programming and distributing films for more than twenty years at organisations including London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the BFI London Film Festival and Tate Modern. He is a co-founder of the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), owns an independent cinema, and writes on film occasionally for publishers including Routledge Press. He also co-organised the ICO’s Hong Sangsoo complete touring retrospective in 2010.

Kingston University, 07 Nov 2017 2:00 pm

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