I usually want to shoot those 'official' London Tube buskers,
especially when they drown out the official announcements with an
interminable version of Gary Moore's 'Parisian Walkways',
dire enough in the original let alone poorly rendered on
But when nature writer Richard
Mabey (Food for Free, Nature Cure, Weeds)
suggested a 'botanical busk' afloat the FC I knew this would be an
altogether more compelling affair. Richard did not disappoint,
enthralling our audience with hands-on examples of the leaves
of Bounciing Bet (soapwort) frothing up into suds,
folk tales warning children against the perils of duckweed-covered
water, and identifying rare native plants casually thriving on the
canalside such as skullcap and the highly toxic water hemlock.
Open Thursday with the East End Film Festival announced!
Join us for our last Open Thursday in Bow. We'll be showing a
compilation of the best short documentary and fiction films about
the East End specially selected by the East End Film
Festival. You're in for a treat!
Read more about the
We had an amazing turn out for Fantastic Mr. Fox ... you can se
pictures from the night here.
Nelson, Basil Brush or Mr Fox ...
Who is the ultimate fantastic fox ... ?
If you come along to Three Mills
tomorrow night you can size up Mr Fox on film and maybe even in
person as Mark Waring, who was Animation Supervisor on the
film, will be there with some maquettes and puppets from the
Actually my favourite new animal puppet is
Marion but I appreciate a grey cat is off
message here, for a night with Mr. Fox.
...if you're free this afternoon come along and watch Bata-ville from 3pm & Living with the Tudors at 5pm. Nina and I are there too to answer any burning questions :-)
Thanks to all the boating film-makers who brought along their
work to the floating cinema last night, it was a really enjoyable
evening with a great diversity of material: from cruising the
Thames to the docklands seal, music documentary to catching a bee
swarm, Olympic dust to Hackney Wicked, the London boaters to a
mysterious white snake!
Melissa and the Herbal Barge
I've been wanting to chat to Melissa for ages after Ella Gibbs from the Energy Cafe mentioned her to me - of course today we moored near her at Stonebridge so we had the perfect excuse for a chat. She will now join us with her boat for the end point of the Richard Mabey tours next week - perfect.
The floating cinema cake tradition continues ...
New water for the cinema!