After two years on the festival circut and over 25 screenings worldwide, my award winning short documentary Simply Rob is now available to view online. Hopefully the film will reach an even wider audience and help spread Rob's inspirational work. Thanks to everyone involved in the film but particularly Rob Vassilarakis for allowing me to share his story and his poetry.
I'm finally back at the desk with an hour to spare so I'd thought I'd update you all on the last few months. As you know I've been in New Zealand recently which was incredible. We started on the North Island in Auckland, hired a campervan and worked our way south before hopping over to the South Island and ending our trip in Christchurch. The landscape, the people, the food, the culture. Not forgetting the exceptional wine. A truly magical and diverse country.
I'm pleased to annouce that Simply Rob has won a special award at the I've Seen Films International Film Festival in Milan.
This festival run by actor Rutger Hauer is now in it's 5th year and has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the leading festivals for independant film in Italy.
The award was for Best Social Awareness Film and was the only award presented by Rutger himself in front of an audience of over 250 people. The jury included Joan Chen, Robert Rodriguez and Jason Eisener.
And what an amazing Summer it has been (excluding the distinct lack of sunshine). I have to say London has never been on better form and the Olympics were fantastic. I'm very much looking forward to the Paraolympics and hope the Olympic hangover after it's all over isn't going to linger on too long.
Anyway Olympics aside it's been another busy month with three commercial jobs on, the first of which shot this week, with the next two shooting in September.
This week Simply Rob will have it's Australian premiere at the 6th Byron Bay International Film Festival. Having been to Byron Bay once in my late teens it's an honour to now have a film screening at their wonderful Film Festival. Unfortunately I won't be attending due to my schedule but I look forward to hearing how the film is recieved.
Other screenings this month include a showing at the Firehouse Cinema in Richmond Virginia. The film will be accompanying Days Gone By, a debut feature from director John Zhao.
So I'm finally back on UK soil after my trip to San Francisco to visit the 2011 Doc Fest. What a city! From the dramtic landscape to the diverse people (not to mention the incredible food), San Francisco is a place that's definitely worth a visit. Check out my blog soon for a selection of photographs.
The screenings were great with Simply Rob showing alongside a powerful, if not a little intense, line up of films under the title A Matter Of Body And Mind.
Simply Rob seems to be going from strength to strength. I am happy to annouce the films London premiere will be at the 19th Raindance Film Festival before going on to screen the 24th Emonton International Film Festival and then the 10th San Francisco Documentary Festival. Whilst I'd love to attend all these festivals it's just not going to be possible due to commercial obligations. I'm aiming to attend Raindance before then heading to San Franscisco for the documentary festival shortly before my 30th birthday. Nice way to see out my 20s.
Simply Rob now has it's screening dates for the 31st Cambridge Film Festival. It's screening with a selection of 5 shorts under the title Let's Talk About Sex. The first screening is on Thursday 15th September at 10:30am. The second screening will be on Saturday the 17th of September at 11pm. Bookings will be available from the 2nd of September so get in there early to avoid disapointment.
This will be it's world premiere so I'll be very excited to see the film with an audience.
Simply Rob's festival run begins this September with it's opening screening at the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. It will then go on to screen at the Wine Country International Film Festival in Santa Rosa California before having it's UK premiere as the 31st Cambridge International Film Festival.
Work permitting I will be attending the Austin screening before embarking on a mammouth drive across New Mexico to attend the Wine Country screening in California, before then dashing back to the Cambridge screening which is near my home town Bury St Edmunds in East Anglia.