Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave will present her first film as director at Hammersmith Town Hall next month.

Sea Sorrow focuses on the present and past history of refugees in Europe and was filmed in Greece, Lebanon, Italy, Calais and Twickenham Studios.

The film also looks at the political activist’s own story, beginning as a two-year-old "evacuee" from London at the outset of the Second World War; later as a student volunteer helping Hungarian refugees; concluding with her return to Lebanon to visit Palestinian three-year-olds in a refugee camp nursery school.

A desperate refugee feeding her child in a scene from the documentary Sea Sorrow, which marks Vanessa Redgrave's film as a director

Also featured in the film is Lord Alf Dubs, the Labour peer who successfully argued that child refugees should be helped in the UK, and Sir Peter Sutherland, who has been advising the UN General Secretary on international refugee protection.

Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson and Simon Coates contribute scenes for the refugees, while Juliet Stevenson who spent nine months working for the Calais children, alongside Help Refugees, Citizens UK and Safe Passage, also appears.

Emma Thompson is among the actors who have contributed scenes
Actor Ralph Fiennes featured on a stamp as Harry Potter villain Voldermort in a special collection on the film series
Actor Ralph Fiennes also contributed scenes

It is produced by Ms Redgrave’s son Carlo Nero, who lives in Hammersmith, as does Lord Dubs.

Both are is expected to join Ms Redgrave, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 197 for the film Julia, at the screening on at 7.30pm on December 6.

The multi-award winning actress of stage, screen and TV actress who lives in Hounslow, has been campaigning for Charing Cross Hospital to retain full A&E services amid fears they will be reduced.

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