Just a few words from the press release of this years opening gala at RAINDANCE 2014. I cannae wait. Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 22.19.10

Mike Cahill returns to his Raindance Festival

(I) Origins with an opening night gala screening 

Award winning director screens his latest work at the 22nd annual independent film festival

Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s largest independent film festival, has announced that it will open on 24th September 2014 with a screening of award-winning director Mike Cahill’s latest film I Origins.Cahill will host an audience Q&A following the screening.

The film boasts a stellar cast including Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and rising star Brit Marling, who also co-wrote and starred in Cahill’s debut film Another Earth.

I Origins received widespread critical acclaim when it premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, picking up the Alfred P. Sloan Prize which recognises excellence in motion pictures depicting science and technology. The film follows the work of molecular biologist (Pitt) whose study of the human eye leads to far-reaching implications about scientific and spiritual beliefs.

In 2011 Cahill showcased his sci-fi epic Another Earth at Raindance and the director’s long-standing relationship with the festival was a key factor in their decision to offer him the prestigious spot on opening night.

Raindance founder Elliot Grove comments:

“Mike is a director who embodies the fiercely independent filmmaking spirit that Raindance has championed for the past 22 years. We’re delighted to welcome him back to the festival this year to open proceedings with a truly original and thought-provoking piece of cinema.”

Mike Cahill added: “I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to Raindance for the premiere of my second film I Origins.  Elliot and his colleagues do so much to support indie film and I’m happy my work has found its way onto their radar.” 

I Origins screens at Vue West End (Leicester Square) on 24th September at 7pm.

Passes* for the 22nd annual Raindance Festival, including the Patron’s Pass that allows admission to the opening gala, are already on sale and close to selling out completely. The passes entitle film-buffs to unlimited admissions at Vue Piccadilly throughout the 10-day festival.

Raindance Festival Passes* (starting from £100) are available now and can be purchased viawww.raindancefestival.org

All other tickets for the festival**, including the Opening Gala screening of I Origins and after party (£25) go on general release at 12pm on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 atwww.myvue.com/raindance. Full details can be found at www.raindancefestival.org.


… and I will be resuming my film chatter. It’s been a long while since I’ve felt compelled to talk film. Not because I haven’t seen anything worth writing about or sharing with you, I just haven’t dedicated the time to do so. With the bigger renowned film festivals coming up it’s easier to get involved because my time will be spent milling around cinemas in London.

I will admit there is some reservations about what I actually have to say. Everyone’s a critic, that has never been more true than today when everyone is equipped with the devices and the various platforms to tell the world exactly what they think about anything and everything. Sometimes the idea of joining the fray is a little overwhelming and defeating at times. However the indies win me over all the time. I can’t wait to be back in the soft chair in front of the big screen.




It’s familiar, but that’s ok. Most of the music I love, I love because I’ve heard something like it before. Rarely does something unlike anything come around. But if that sounds like a backhanded compliment, then so be it.

I don’t think Shura is claiming to be the next best thing or the revolutionary the music industry so badly thinks it needs, clue: it doesn’t; we live in a world where there is literally something for everyone and that is such a crazy notion to comprehend sometimes that we revert to complaining that everything is the same. We’re basically spoilt for choice and I honestly believe people don’t realise it.

Back to Shura. The London born artist with a voice like “ahhh”. Provocative and dreamy. On my music for lovers’ playlist she accompanies people like Frank Ocean, Rhye, Dev Hynes, Haim, College and Desire. She joins the impressive stream of similar groove inducing female artists i’ve been on this year BANKS, MAPEI, JEHNE AIKO, F.K.A.Twigs, SAY LOU LOU and EMILY KING

Touch debuted back in the early part of 2014, since then Shura has released Just Once – a self-proclaimed prequel to the longing declaration of ‘Touch’.

It chronicles an inescapable attraction between lovers, despite time past, and the forlorn admission of the end of an intimate relationship; it’s gorgeous. The video reminds me of that recent viral film that went around displaying random people kissing on camera. Except this is done in front of pastel coloured backdrops, with slow pans between the lips of beautiful young things – like if ASOS were to get all their models together and decide to make a music video. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, or liking – but that’s the world for you – we’re spoilt for choice.

I look forward to seeing her live in London in November.


I’m loving this song by Esnavi. It was brought to my attention when watching one of  my favourite web channel’s shows on YouTube -Black&SexyTV’s Roomie, Lover, Friend. 

 The Milwaukee native’s name is as multifaceted as her album: Eclectic, Soulful, Natural, Authentic, Vivacious, and Intriguing – E S N A V I.

Such a beautiful voice, with so much power in her lyrics, I have it on repeat.

The song, ‘Someday’ makes for an uplifting listen, reminding me of greats such as Jill Scott and India.Arie.

Happy Sunday.