British actress Vanessa Redgrave poses for a photograph during an interview with AFP at her home in London on December 6, 2016. AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N
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Redgrave makes her directing debutDrawing on her own experience as a wartime evacuee, British actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave said her new film about refugees was aimed at ensuring people stay sensitive to the issue. The Oscar-winner made her directing debut this week with "Sea Sorrow," premiering the film in Hammersmith, an area of west London that has been particularly active in welcoming migrants for years.The child of actors, Redgrave became a leading stage and screen actor and credits her parents with teaching her the importance of a good storyline.She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1978 for her role in World War II drama "Julia" and has been nominated five other times for an Academy Award.As a volunteer she said she "made tea, tried to cook, held hands, listened" to the Hungarian refugees living in squalid homes in Ladbroke Grove in west London.Her new film, which also features Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes, recounts life for refugees in Europe over the last century and draws parallels between harsh government attitudes toward refugees in Britain in the '30s and now.
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