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Sun, 28 Jan


Phoenix Cinema, Finchley (London)

Fanny: the Other Mendelssohn

Post show discussion with film director Sheila Hayman

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Fanny: the Other Mendelssohn
Fanny: the Other Mendelssohn

Time & Location

28 Jan 2024, 14:30 – 17:00 GMT

Phoenix Cinema, Finchley (London), 52 High Rd, London N2 9PJ, UK

About the event

Film showing, followed by a Q+A with director Sheila Hayman.  

Take a celebrated  musical genius, sibling rivalry, an unknown manuscript, some very  persistent research and one sensational revelation, and what have you  got? FANNY: THE OTHER MENDELSSOHN – the documentary from BAFTA-winning  director Sheila Hayman that features global Decca star, Isata  Kanneh-Mason.   The film reveals the extraordinary story of Fanny,  a composer long ignored by the classical music world in favour of her  famous brother Felix, who despite being forbidden a musical career  persevered, composing 450 works in her short life. Fanny’s lost  masterpiece, 'The Easter Sonata', is brought to life by virtuoso pianist  Isata Kanneh-Mason.  As she explores the music, the parallels between  her life and Fanny's – including the challenge of being a pioneer with  few role models in classical music -- become clear.  Fanny's 3x  great-granddaughter, Sheila Hayman, writes and directs the film, shot on  location with an all-female crew in Berlin, New York, London, Oxford  and Buckingham Palace and featuring many never-before-heard or recorded  pieces from Fanny Mendelssohn. 

After centuries of women creatives  being written out of history, we celebrate the fascinating story of how  this lost masterpiece was excavated from impenetrable archives and  brought to life in the modern day. As moving as it is joyous, FANNY: THE  OTHER MENDELSSOHN is the story of a very modern woman – who just  happened to live 200 years ago.


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