Private Screening, Swinging Safari. Oz Film Festival.
The Oz Film Festival takes place every June at London’s Regent Street Cinema. Now in its seventh year, the festival is curated by a group of passionate and driven Australian & British citizens all based in London and working in Film, Television and Publishing. Ex-pat Australian Laila Dickson is the founder and Director and in December 2018 she asked me along to photograph a private screening of Stephan Elliot’s new film SWINGING SAFARI. Director, cast & crew joined Australian film fans at the Rich Mix Cinema, Shoreditch.
The film is partly autobiographical, drawing heavily on Stephan’s own dysfunctional 70’s childhood while refusing to apologise for it; “it made us who we are”. He began his introduction explaining how difficult it had been to get the film marketed accurately because of the success of his earlier film PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT... everyone expected him to replicate it but SWINGING SAFARI is perhaps a darker more challenging film, despite its genuinely hilarious moments. He ended with a call to filmmakers to take more risks and make the films we don’t often see.
Client: Oz Film Festival
De La Warr Pavilion
The De La Warr Pavilion is an iconic, modernist building located on the Sussex coast at Bexhill and designed by Mendelsohn and Chermayeff. Just before sunset one beautiful Spring day, I got the chance to photograph it.
It first opened in 1935 as a pioneering arts and cultural centre locally known as the "people's palace". It hosted many significant cultural events but fell into decline during the second half of the century. When it looked as though the pavilion would be sold off privately and turned into a pub, a campaign was launched to save it and thanks to the efforts of local councillors, the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, English Heritage and other sources of funding, it was saved. Architects John AcAslan and partners were appointed and began a programme of refurbishment and rebuilding. Today the building and its artistic programme is managed by the De La Warr Charitable Trust and it is once again a renowned and hugely successful centre for art, architecture and live performance.
Grade 1 listed, a fusion of concrete and steel, with large glass windows, cantilevered balconies, clean lines and terazzo floors, it is a masterpiece. In 2001 Nial Mclaughlin designed the heart shaped bandstand in collaboration with local school children, it indicates just how loved the pavilion is.
Faversham Literary Festival 2019
Faversham’s 2nd literary festival ran from the 21st - 24th February. This year saw two more venues added to accommodate the growing number of authors wanting to participate. It began with Will Self and closed with Jo Brand. Stella Fry curated a free children’s event in the historic and beautiful Faversham Guildhall.
I shot the festival across five separate days and Louise Frith, one of the festival’s directors gave me a great brief which was simply “community”.
Congratulations must go to the festival’s founders and co-directors Louise Frith and Amanda Dackombe as well as the many stewards who volunteer their time to help. They are all volunteers from the local community and more than once they were praised for the smooth running of the event.
This year proved to be hugely popular once again, attracting high visitor numbers across five venues; Faversham’s Alexander Centre, The Assembly Rooms, Shepherd Neame’s Old Brewery Store, the historic Guildhall and The Limes Public House.
It is very special to witness the tremendous buzz the festival brings to the town, the exchange of ideas and the generosity of the authors, who clearly enjoy talking to their readers.
This year was also special because it marked the launch of Faversham’s new and independent bookshop Top Hat and Tales. It’s owner and bookseller Rachel Thapa-Cchetri sold tickets in the run up to the festival and provided a pop-up version of her shop at all the main venues.
Rachel Thapa-Chhetri of Top Hat and Tales, Faversham’s independent book shop, sold all the titles throughout the festival.
Faversham Literary Festival 2018
Faversham’s first ever literary festival took place on the 23rd -25th February 2018. The festival was founded and co-directed by Faversham residents Louise Frith and Amanda Dackombe. It featured a fascinating and diverse programme of author talks and readings, workshops and Q&As as well as a free children’s event curated by Stella Fry. Stewards were all volunteers from the local community and the event proved to be hugely popular, attracting high visitor numbers to Faversham’s Assembly Rooms, historic Guildhall and The Limes Public House.
The View from St Mary's
St Mary of Charity parish church is the tallest building in Faversham. I wanted to capture aerial views of the town and close-ups of the spire, which only meant one thing, a rooftop shoot, so I contacted the parish to see if they would agree...
A church has stood on the site of St Mary of Charity since the seventh century, the present building dates back to the early reign of William the Conqueror and is Grade 1 listed, while the spire dates back to the 18th century.
Prints and greetings cards of images from the shoot are available to purchase. 20% of all profits will be donated to St Mary of Charity, who are raising money to carry out essential repairs and provide better access for people with mobility issues.
Looking towards the railway station. I've applied a tilt-shift effect to this panorama. I like the way this focuses the eye and draws you in to look at the detail.
March for the Alternative
The March for the Alternative took place in London on Saturday 26 March 2011, from Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park. Organised by the Trades Union Congress, it aimed to give a national voice to those likely to be affected by the planned public spending cuts of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The march was attended by an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people, many of whom were public sector workers, including teachers, nurses, midwives, as well as pensioners and students.
Client: Institute for Employment Rights.
Artists in the Woods
Artists in the Woods is an annual event held every June in the grounds of the Oare Gunpowder, Faversham. Organised by The Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works and Swale Arts Forum, each summer the beautiful woods are transformed by artists, makers and musicians, who discretely take up residence and respond to the natural environment.