Raindance Banner outside the venue at Vue Cinema Leicester Square – 360 Photo – Garmin VIRB 360
Had an amazing week at the 25th Anniversary Raindance Film Festival where “Boys For Sale” had it’s sold out UK premiere with a great Q&A with Executive Producer Ian Thomas Ash and Producer/D.O.P. (me) hosted by Gay Times magazine.
The film was so in demand Raindance even added an extra screening!
The film was very well received by the audiences which makes me super happy!!
Met some really amazing and talented people, fellow film makers, festival and cinema staff and audience members.
Huge thank you to the Raindance team for all your hard work and friendliness….much appreciated.
I even got a hug from Elliott Grove (Raindance founder) on the final day, I hope that means I’m a made man :)
On day one I met Mike Rogers and Ken Nishilkawa of “Ghost Roads” and hanging out with them everyday made the whole thing so much fun. Really big thank you to both of them.
I’d known of Mike for years whilst living in Tokyo but we’d never met, which I now realise was a huge shame as he is a one of a kind guy with a very interesting history, not least his major claim to fame “Sit On My Face Stevie Nicks”
Particularly entertaining was Mike stood outside the venue every day in a Ghost Roads sandwich board shaking a maraca to attract attention.
Though I now never want to hear a fucking maraca ever again :)
I saw a huge amount of films, almost all documentaries whilst at the festival, some of my documentary feature highlights:-
On Yoga: An Architecture Of Peace – Beautiful cinematography, powerful message & made me shed tears. Got to meet Michael O’Neil after the screening which was a real honour.
The Family I Had – A woman’s 13-year-old son murders his 4-year-old sister and it gets weirder from there.
Melody Makers – The history of the hugely influential Melody Maker magazine told through the eyes of photographer Barrie Wentzell. Director Leslie Ann Coles was really friendly too.
Bluefin – A beautifully shot long overdue doc on the majestic Bluefin tuna by John Hopkins. See it. See it twice then never eat Tuna again.
The Joneses – A 74-year-old transgender divorcee living in the Bible belt. Laugh out loud funny and moving all at once.
Speak Up – An oratory contest at a French University, easily the most uplifting doc I’ve seen in ages. Masterfully done.
Stolen Innocence – A tough but worth it watch on the human trafficking into prostitution of women in India.
Overall an amazing experience. Thanks again Raindance. See you next year with Traces Of The Soul :)