Your invitation to the Portobello Film Festival 2015 Launch Party
When: 6.30 to 10.30 PM, Friday September 4th
Where: The Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY (junction of Portobello Road and Cambridge Gardens)
The Portobello Film Festival (Friday 4th to Sunday 18th September) is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, so we’re having a special launch party at the legendary Pop Up Cinema under the Westway. Come along for a drink on us (arrive early for that), a selection of superb films and the usual relaxed, boho Portobello atmosphere that the Festival is famous for.
What’s on at the launch?
A fantastic night of cinematic treats:
The Devils (Uncut)
Directed by Ken Russell, starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave (1971, 117 minutes)
This version of the hugely controversial Ken Russell film includes the sections that they censors insisted on cutting when it was released. The film will be introduced by Russell’s daughter Vicki and she’s available for interview – email Ken Macdonald for details.
Ken Russell started his career in the Portobello Road area as a stills photographer and made a short film entitled ‘A House in Bayswater’.
My Fare Lady
Directed by Saloum N’Jie, starring Sean Brosnan (2015, 8 minutes)
Saloum collaborated on the first Portobello Film Festival in 1995. He has since worked with Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Guy Ritchie. He will speak about how he broke into the film world with the help of the Portobello Film Festival.
Getting It Straight in Notting Hill Gate
Directed by Joe Gannon (1970, 26 minutes)
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.
The Swing the Hole and the Lie
Directed by Barry Adamson (2014, 11 minutes)
In this film, billed as a ‘golf-noir’ thriller, Jane’s fragile world teeters on the brink of madness as she seeks to uncover whether boyfriend Samir is up to no good with her best friend and golfing buddy Julie. With an introduction from director Barry Adamson.
Notes for editors
For more information, email Ken Macdonald at