Hong Kong director to speak on stage in London as part of BAFTA’s A Life In Pictures series.

Johnnie To

BAFTA is to look back at the career of top Hong Kong director Johnnie To as part of its A Life In Pictures series.

The event, held with the Asian Film Awards Academy, will see the filmmaker discuss his craft and career at BAFTA’s headquarters in London on June 22.

Born in Hong Kong in 1955, To began his career in television, and in 1980 co-directed his first theatrical feature The Enigmatic Case. He came to wider attention in 1989 with All About Ah-Long starring Chow Yun-Fat.

In 1996, To founded, along with Wai Ka-Fai, Milkyway Image, an independent production company that became a flagship for Hong Kong cinema.

From 2000 onwards, To found international acclaim as a director and producer on the festival circuit, with films including The Mission, PTU, Breaking News and Election. His most recent titles include Drug War and Blind Detective.

Previous subjects of BAFTA: A Life In Pictures include David Fincher, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

Public tickets for the event will go on sale at 1pm on May 29 (Fri) at www.bafta.org/whats-on/

Recordings of previous events in the series are available on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel (www.bafta.org/guru).