In conversation: the making of Simon Says/Dadda

6 – 8pm

The NewBridge Project

Artist Beverley Bennett joins producer Sima Gonsai and cinematographer Arushi Chugh to discuss the making of Simon Says/Dadda.

Sima Gonsai is the co-producer for Beverley Bennett’s Nation’s Finest, Putting Down Roots and Birthing, and Simon Says/Dadda. Sima’s film background began  in 1998 with a focus on exploring the visual language of dance. Her working process varies with each project; from using narrative-led storytelling and the visceral language of dance and film to connect with her subjects or themes, to collaboration with differently-abled groups, visual artists, trained dancers or a combination of many of these processes at once.

Sima has shown work in Craft Council Gallery, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, MAC Birmingham, Flatpack Film Festival, New Art Gallery Walsall, Grand Union and The LUX, London, collaborating with organisations such as Sense Arts, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Fierce Festival and National Lottery. Award winning Moving Portraits was commissioned as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme 2022.

She has directed and produced films commissioned by 2012 Olympics, Arts Council England, Creative England, The Space, SkyArts and BBC Arts. As a programmer, Sima currently works with Flatpack Film Festival, a Midlands-based BAFTA qualifying film festival.

Arushi Chugh is a cinematographer from India currently living in London. An alumna of the MA Cinematography at the National Film & Television School, Arushi has worked on productions that won prizes like the BAFTA for Best Animated Short, Best Student Award at Hollyshorts Festival, nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, shortlisted for Best British Film at Iris Prize and broadcast on Film4.

​She has worked on a FOX Star Studios feature as 2nd Unit Cinematographer and B-Camera Operator, which was released on Disney+ and Hulu in March 2023. She has worked on projects commissioned by the BFI Network, BBC, The Guardian, Lo’real and Marie Claire among others.

Arushi was also conferred the ARRI Award for Cinematography at the Chanel X BIFF Asian Film Academy in Busan in 2022.

The Shieldfield Centre 4 – 8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL

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24 October 2023


  • Tue 6 – 8pm
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