HERE Film Festival 2016
HERE FILM FESTIVAL is about the diversity of interests, people and places in the suburbs of London. HERE is not in the West End, Southbank or Shoreditch. HERE in the suburbs we aren’t the swanky super-rich, the celebrity glitterati or bearded hipsters. HERE is where the cinema creatives of London produce their best output. HERE is where life is a rich diversity of race, religion and culture. HERE is where most of London lives.
The festival programme includes feature films that are mainly small independent British productions that have a connection with suburbia. HERE we draw on local talent and themes and we are also very proud to premiere four new short films, commissioned for the festival.
HERE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 – REVIEW
The festival opened to a packed auditorium at The Fox, with a special tribute to the late great David Bowie. Starting with a live set from local friends and musicians, the night premiered the work of emerging film maker Artemis Szekir-Rigas, with her first documentary, Should Be On By Now about the tribute band Absolute Bowie.
MEN IN SHORTS
Talkies Bowes and Bounds hosted a programme of short films – a fascinating evening with six films introduced by and with Q&A from their makers – director Ian Barnes, writer Paul Mari and actors Jeremy Swift, Richard Ridings and Jamie Beddows.
The Dugdale Centre, Enfield hosted this sell-out screening of this ground-breaking work from the National Theatre. Volunteer Georgia Elliot-Smith hosted the event, enhanced both by a video interview by Georgia of actor Anita Dobson and a live Q&A with the writer Alecky Blythe.
AMY WINEHOUSE – A SOUTHGATE GIRL
The brilliant talent of Amy Winehouse first emerged as she was growing up in Southgate. Clips of her teenage years were shown in the Oscar–winning film AMY, screened at Chickenshed Theatre. Local director Asif Kapadia joined us to talk about how the film was created.
Palmers Green actor Richard Ridings (the voice of Peppa’s Dad) put in an appearance when local animation guru Phil Davies showed the work from his company Astley Baker Davies and told a story about a meeting in The Cherry Tree pub in Southgate where the idea of Peppa Pig was born. The rest, as they say, is history!
TALKIES SHORT FILM COMMISSIONS:
Four film makers, four ideas, one challenge: to shoot the work in our locality. The result: four brilliant short films that are set to win awards on an international stage. The premiere was the closing event of the festival and was just one of many sell-out nights. It was the perfect end to an outstanding celebration of what great talent we have around us.