600 superb cinematic treats at the Portobello Film Festival

PFF3Ladies and gentlemen: a selection of 600 superb cinematic treats await your delighted delectation at this year’s 20th Portobello Film Festival AND – it’s all free!

Some highlights at the Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens), programmes from 6.30.

The Devils – Uncut
Friday 4th September
The Portobello Film Festival 2015 will start with its customary controversy by screening a seldom seen uncensored version of Ken Russell’s masterpiece The Devils with Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell’s daughter Vicky and Georgina Hale, who acted in the film, will introduce the screening.

Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Directed by Joe Gannon (1970, 26 minutes)
Friday 4th September
A film from 1960s psychedelic Portobello featuring Pink Floyd, the Mangrove restaurant on All Saints Road and Caroline Coon of Release. Director Joe Gannon went on to have a highly successful TV career in the USA.

More Hot For No 5
A film by Barlby Road Primary School children and digital:works (2015, 40 minutes)
Saturday 5th September
History of Notting Dale and around featuring Joe Rush, Frestonia, and John Christie. The film was made by Year 5 pupils from Barlby Primary School with support from community group digital:works. The oral history of a unique inner city neighbourhood in the voices of the people who lived the story.

The Mask You Live In
Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2015, 97 minutes)
Thursday 10th September
Society’s narrow definition of what it means to be a man is having a host of unintended consequences, ranging from substance abuse to violence to rape. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom has said “We as a society are failing our boys and I wanted to delve into the concept of how do we create a culture that doesn’t leave them so lonely, isolated and in pain?”

Peter Green – Man of the World
Directed by Steve Graham (90 minutes)
Friday 11th September
Carlos Santana, Mick Fleetwood, John Mayall, Noel Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Jeremy Spencer all appear in this documentary about the extraordinary Peter Green. His three short years leading Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac saw the band established as one of the biggest-selling groups of the 1960s until mental illness blighted his life.

And not forgetting…
A basketful of new independent films from London at the Pop Up. PLUS films from France, Belgium, Spain Romania, The USA, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Iraq, Israel, Ireland, Austria at the Video Cafe in the Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, W11 1LR.

Editors’ notes
The Portobello Film Festival launched in 1996 as a reaction to the
moribund state of the British film industry, to provide an outlet for new
filmmakers. Many of our previously out-on-a-limb directors have since been recognised by the big fish in the industry. Portobello Film Festival shows tomorrow’s films today.

‘The wild side of Brit Film.’ Metro.
‘The biggest celebration of independent film in Europe.’ Independent. ‘London’s biggest filmic free-for-all.’ Time Out.’



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