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.’



For more information, email Ken Macdonald at

Free screening of Leo The Last

leothelastJoin V&A’s Community Artist in Residence, Constantine Gras, for a free screening of John Boorman’s 1969 film Leo The Last on Sunday 1st February at 10.00am at the Gate Cinema (87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ).

Directed by Boorman between his Hollywood films Point Blank and Deliverance, the film fuses drama, comedy and political comment as it follows an aristocratic landlord who moves into a slum area in Notting Hill and becomes radicalised by his oppressed Afro-Caribbean residents.

In his seminal History of West London Films, Tom Vague wrote, “Marcello Mastroianni (from La Dolce Vita) stars as Leo, an alienated aristocrat who brings about a ‘firework revolution’, in which his façade house across Testerton Street (on the site of the Lancaster West Estate) is destroyed. Brinsley Forde of Aswad is the lead black kid Bip. The pub is the Bramley Arms.”

The film is an 18 certificate, and this showing is in rare 35mm print.

For free tickets please contact Constantine Gras at or 07508 996510.

This screening is supported by City Living, Local Life, the V&A, RIBA and Park Circus.

Runner Training

Want to work in film and television?
The Production Guild’s Runner Training is designed to prepare you for working in the film and television industry. The next course is commissioned by Film London for London Residents and will take place on 28 – 29 January 2015 at Rich Mix, Venue 1, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

This course will be delivered by leading film and television industry professionals and will cover what is expected of you in such a demanding yet rewarding work environment.

It will also help to channel your ambition into achievable career routes in film and TV.

This next course is subsidised by Film London and therefore the cost for this two day course is only £41 for 2 days (plus VAT and booking fee).

Book your place here.

The Production Guild

Film London

Sci-fi very short film comp

4shortfilmProduction company RIVERFILM is running a sci-fi very short film competition with a £1,000 prize. The company wants to see a 16-second science fiction film that reworks, reinvents or reimagines classic sci-fi movie conventions.

Entrants are invited to include anything from space travel, time travel, teleportation, futuristic technologies, aliens, androids, spaceships, UFOs, parallel universes, wormholes, black holes and everything in between…

The winner of Four4 2014 will walk away with an out-of-this-world prize of £1,000.

DEADLINE: Friday 31st October 2014

Full competition details are here

“The Martini Effect” trailer in competition at Krakow!

My trailer for “The Martini Effect” was invited into the competition at Krakow…I think because of WLFN! (At least their email sure came on the heels of my registration!) Anyway, would love to get a vote or two from y’all at WLFN: http://trailers.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/menu/trailers/-/trailers/270/ Scroll down…we’re between “Down on the Corner” and “Just in Time”. Again, mine is “The Martini Effect”. THANKS!!

Mind the Gap! How to make it as a filmmaker beyond your first feature

eeflThe East End Film Festival is running a three-day training programme for new and aspiring film makers. The course is aimed at those who are moving from shorts to features, television to film or debut to slate.

Too many first-time filmmakers never make a second film. Prepare to move on from your first film triumph to a sustainable career in film with this three-day programme. The course will offer the roadmap that every film maker needs to avoid the pitfalls on the route to success.

Sessions will include insights from:
Penny Woolcock (director, One Mile Away)
Johanna von Fischer (head of British Independent Film Awards)
Joe Dunthorne (author, Submarine)
Nick Gonda (producer Tree of Life, CEO TUGG)
Fiona Neilson (producer, 24 Hour Party People)
Marc Isaacs (documentary director)
Rob Savage (director)
Peter Straughan (screenwriter, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Alex Boden (producer, Cloud Atlas)
Matt Harlock (director, The Bill Hicks Story)

Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2013

3 and 4 July at The Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE
5 July at 3 Mills Studios, Sugar House Lane, E15 2QS

How much?
One-day pass: £35
Three-day pass: £90
Both passes include lunch + daily extras

What else do I get?
Discounted entry to EMERGEA Field in England + Q&A, East End Live, plus two months FREE membership to Mubi.com


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Marching on…

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Rock and roll and films

Marley and Strummer biographer Chris Salewicz speaking on rock and roll and films at WLFN Xmas Party 2012