Lady Gaga goes ‘gaga’ for Fernando’s short film showing at Dalston’s Rio

An arts student’s film is being screened at a festival in East London on Sunday—just months after Lady Gaga gave it her seal of approval at Cannes.

Fernando Alonso, a BA Film and Broadcast Production student at London Metropolitan University, showed his ‘Dim Sum Dance Some’ to the American rock singer-songwriter while chauffeuring her around Cannes in his limo.

He collected her from Cannes’ opening concert and played the film as she unwound after her performance.

“Lady Gaga watched it all the way through and laughed a lot in the right places,” Fernando recalls. “At the end, she gave me a big hug, said ‘well done’ and took a copy.”

Now it is being screened at Dalston’s trendy Rio flicks on Sunday.


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Lady Gaga was not the only star to love Fernando’s work. Chinese Zhang Ziyi—star of ‘Crouching Tiger’, ‘Hidden Dragon’, ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Hero’—went for it too and also took a copy.

‘Dim Sum Dance Some’ is a comedy about a Chinese immigrant stuck in a rut and working as a cleaner who meets the charismatic Gloria and is introduced to flamenco—it changes her life.

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The free screening is at the Rio in at 107 Kingsland High Street at 11.30am and 1.30pm (June 19), with a selection of other shorts from the next generation of film-makers from London Met Uni.

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