RUNNING – 5k: I was supposed to run the Virgin Sports Hackney Fitness Festival 5k today but couldn’t find it even though it’s in my area and I used to play football there (Hackney Marshes) as a kid! First time I’ve ever missed the starting time for a run. I blame Google Maps! To make up for it I had a right royal 5k of my own around St James Park as tourists celebrated the Royal Wedding.
KEW GARDENS: The £18 million restoration of Temperate House, Kew Gardens has been in the news recently. I visited to see what else is going on at this botanical wonderland, which was once King George III’s backyard. Check out my article
FILM FESTIVALS: Jedis & stormtroopers outside Stratford Picturehouse for Sci-Fi London for the UK premiere of Chimera starring Henry Ian Cusick. Great evening and entertaining film. I also met Star Wars editor Colin Goudie. We had an interesting chat about his career & Hollywood editing.
With Colin Goudie, editor of Star Wars: Rogue One
BOOKS: I recently visited a number of London bookshops for a browse and was surprised at the history and character of some little known and famous names alike. Here’s my top 5 list. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/five-london-bookshops-worth-a-visit/
FILM FESTIVALS: At the red carpet VIP Reception for the London Bengali Film Festival 2018 at . I’m photographed with Saiful Islam researcher & presenter of Legend of the Loom which is having its UK premiere and opening the festival.
I’ve been riverside after dark this week and dined in The Wharf Restaurant on South Bank overlooking magnificent views of the Thames. I’ve also visited the best of riverside bars & pubs on Bankside for a glass of red wine, with even more amazing views of St Paul’s Cathedral across the Thames. Check out my article The Thames After Dark in the April print edition of What’s Hot London? magazine which goes into detail about the best of wining, dining, galleries, theatre cinema etc. after dark along the river.
View of St Paul’s Cathedral from Bankside
CINEMA MUSEUM: I was at the unusual but historic Cinema Museum for a screening of my experimental melodrama When The Earth Fell Down – a short film about an environmental disaster. An awe-inspiring venue. Twenty experimental films from all over the world. Organised by Exploding Cinema.
And check out our snazzy promo poster (below left) which wouldn’t look out of the place amongst the collector’s items on show.
(Below) A Youtube clip of me at the Cinema Museum to see my short film screened.