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Lapwing: image of a woman standing on a marsh looking out to sea in eerie grey lighting

Lapwing film writer and actresses join us for a Q&A

6th January 2022

We are delighted to have Lapwing film writer Laura Turner and actresses Hannah Douglas and Sarah Whitehouse join us for a Q&A.

The Film

Lapwing (18) is set in England in 1555. An isolated group of salt farmers arrange illegal passage to Europe for an Indian Gypsy family in hiding. However, a love affair between Patience (Hannah Douglas), a mute English girl, and Rumi, the son of the Egyptians, threatens to destroy both communities.

A man and woman sat in a field, the woman is running a blade of grass through her hands A man dragging a woman through a field by her hair A woman in a full length black dress over a white shirt is walking towards the sea A bearded man with a muddy face is looking into the distance with his eyebrows raised A man and woman walking through a field hand in hand at sunset

“We are thrilled to be coming to The Courtyard to share Lapwing with Hereford audiences.” Says Lapwing writer, Laura Turner. “As female creatives, we’re all so passionate about the important themes of female representation at the heart of the film – from the painful experience of domestic violence, coercive control, misogyny and bigotry to the positive messages around the ultimate resilience of humans to push through adversity and find hope in the bleakest of times. This screening is particularly special because of Hannah’s connection with the theatre, so it’s really exciting to have the chance to talk about the film with audiences and share more about the journey we went on in making a film that communicates a difficult but important – and ultimately hopeful and empowering – message.”

Courtyard Screening and Q&A

Following the 7.30pm screening on Monday 17 January, Laura Turner will be joined by actresses Hannah Douglas and Sarah Whitehouse to take part in a live audience Q&A. The Q&A is free for audiences to attend.

Hannah Douglas

Headshot of Hannah Douglas (Zoe in Hopeless Romantics)Audiences may recognise lead actress Hannah Douglas from her appearances in Courtyard productions Pride and Prejudice (2017) and Hopeless Romantics (2021). Hannah trained at The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA) and recently won best actress at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival. Other film credits include Clownface (2019), Far From The Madding Crowd (2014) and U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2013).

“It’s such an honour to be bringing Lapwing to a venue that will always have a special place in my heart.” Says Hannah, “The Courtyard is such a wonderful theatre and the fact that independent cinema is also supported there is just brilliant. It’s a bit different to Pride & Prejudice and Hopeless Romantics… although, the resilience of strong women is at the heart of each of these stories, so maybe not so different after all!”

Lapwing will be screening in The Courtyard Cinema on Monday 17 January at 7.30pm, Tuesday 18 January at 2.30pm and Wednesday 19 January at 7.30pm.

Book your tickets for Lapwing now!