Last night my latest short film was screened at the Portobello Film Festival 2012. The Pop Up Cinema venue was the location for the festival and what a location it was!
Heres a quote from the website:
“Portobello ‘Pop Up’ is a 30ft screen, nestled under the Westway. You will find us under the flyover, on the Portobello Road/Acklam Road junction.
Considered by some to be the spiritual home of The Clash, it is within spitting distance of Brett Anderson’s gaff and Jarvis Cocker has been spotted walking his dog just up the road. Blur have affectionately referred to the Ballardian site of our hand-built cinema space in their lyrics. In fact, it is popularly believed that the cinema site is built on sacred ground and radiates a powerful vortex of creative energy.
Constructed using recycled and reclaimed materials in the heart of Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill, it is above all the colourful setting and local community that make our cinema such a unique and special place to experience film. A community Arts venture, we aim to offer a diverse and inspiring programme of films and events open to all, as well as providing an accessible platform for film-makers to screen their work. In September, we play host to the annual Portobello Film Festival.”
The place had a left wing hippyish vibe with murals on the wall which allude to the areas arty liberal renaissance in the sixties. It looked like those inner city communal spaces that you see in old photos.
“I’ve Got Your Money’ was warmly received even though the projectionist missed off the beginning! The film looked gorgeous on the 30ft screen and there where gasps from the audience at the shocking ending.
After our film finished they put on Julien Temple’s 3 hour masterpiece ‘Modern Babylon’ preceded by the Beat Poet Michael Horovitz, the composer J.C Carroll and an introduction by the director himself. I liked the beat poet most of all although he had to keep gesturing to get his mic turned up! Beat poetry is so cool.
Here’s a pic of the listings:
And here’s a link to Levantes Dance Theatre “I’ve Got Your Money’ music video for The Wood For The Trees:
Thank you for everyone who came along!
PS: If you are ever in the area please go the 3 Acklam road next to the flyover to see the murals themselves. There is a ceramic mural that really stands out. I’ll take a photo of it on my next post. Here’s a blog entry about it: